- West Ham have won the race for Euro 2016 winner Jose Fonte
- The Portuguese defender has made the move to East London from Southampton
- Fonte has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with the Hammers
- A fee in the region of £8million has changed hands between the clubs
- Fonte’s defensive partner Virgil van Dijk took to Twitter to say he is ‘gutted’ to see the Portuguese ace depart
West Ham have announced the signing of Southampton captain Jose Fonte on a two-and-a-half year deal.
The Hammers sealed the deal for the Portuguese European Cup winner after having an £8million bid accepted by the south coast club, while back in Southampton Fonte’s defensive partner Virgil van Dijk took to Twitter to say he was ‘gutted’ to see his team-mate leave.
Van Dijk tweeted a heartfelt thanks to the Portuguese ace for helping him while at Southampton, after the pair struck up a telepathic defensive understanding out on the pitch.
West Ham have announced the signing of Southampton captain Jose Fonte
The Portuguese defender has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with the club
Fonte passed his Hammers medical and will now begin a new chapter of his career in London
Fonte was the final remaining piece of the Southampton squad who obtained promotion back to the top flight of English football back in 2012.
In recent weeks the 33-year-old had voiced his dissatisfaction with the Saints and put in an official transfer request with the club.
Fonte has put pen to paper on the two-and-a-half year deal, with the option of a further year involved in the contract.
After sealing his move to the Hammers, Fonte outlined his ambition to achieve big things in the capital.
Virgil van Dijk took to Twitter to thank Fonte and say he was ‘gutted’ to see the defender leave
Van Dijk and Fonte struck up a telepathic understanding at the heart of the Saints defence
‘I signed for West Ham because they are a great club and a very big club. They have a lot of fans and I have known for a number of years how passionate they are,’ The defender told whufc.com.
‘The manager was also a very big influence. I thought that he really wanted me and that he sold me the project and the ambition of the club.
‘I also have part of my family living in London and they are big West Ham fans. It just made sense for me at this stage to join West Ham. It is a new challenge and a new beginning and I am looking forward to it.
Hammers fans will now get to see Fonte plying his trade at the London Stadium
The Portugal international will wear the number 23 shirt for his new club
‘With the way that West Ham is going we can only look to be challenging in the top eight.
‘I told the manager in conversations that we want to win and we want to win trophies. The ambition is big and we need to aim high.
‘West Ham are a massive club and it is an exciting challenge and it should be for everyone. We all need to get together and start working,’ Fonte added.
Dimitri Payet, meanwhile, is determined to force a move to Marseille despite fears the French club are ready to walk away.
West Ham have rejected two offers and French sources hint Marseille have given up.
It is understood Payet plans to spend at least this weekend back home in France.
Fonte was an integral part of the Portugal side who triumphed at Euro 2016
It is understood Dimitri Payet plans to spend at least this weekend back home in France
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online