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Published: 23:22 | 7/8/16

West Ham sign Masuaku, wait on Ayew


West Ham have signed French left-back Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos on a four-year contract.

The 22-year-old joins the Hammers in a £^m deal as cover for left-back Aaron Cresswell, who will be sidelined until November with a knee injury.

Lille-born Masuaku, who won back-to-back domestic titles with Olympiacos and has played 12 times in the Champions League, says the chance to play alongside compatriot Dimitri Payet was a key factor in his decision to join the East London club.

"I was speaking with my agent about some opportunities, but when he told me about West Ham and also the coach, I didn’t think twice, so in my mind, it was West Ham," he told the club's official website,

"Now, to be able to play with players like Dimitri Payet, I was thinking on the way here, it’s going to be crazy!

"I can’t wait to play with him and also all the rest of the team.

"For me, the Premier League is the biggest league in the world. When I was 18, my target was to come here, so now I am here, I have to prove myself to the fans and to the team so that I can play for this big club."

Masuaku, who goes into the Hammers' squad for Premier League opener at Chelsea next Monday, is ineligible for the Europa League play-off with Astra Giurgiu because he played for Olympiacos in the Champions League qualifiers.

The Hammers have also been linked with a £20m move for Swansea City striker Andre Ayew as a replacement for Senegal international striker Diafra Sakho, who handed in a transfer request in July.

"We are quite close to getting two new players," manager Slaven Bilic said on Sunday, before the completion of the Masuaku deal.

"I hoped it would be yesterday and they would play a part today but the paperwork was not done. It's only a matter of paperwork and then we will have two new players at West Ham."

West Ham went down to a 3-2 defeat to Italian champions Juventus at the official opening of their new London Stadium on Sunday.

Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in front of a crowd of 53,966.at the former Olympic Stadium.

Andy Carroll levelled it up at 2-2 with two goals for the Hammers, before Simone Zaza hit the winner for Juventus.

"It was a good test for us," Bilic told the club's official website.

"We started sloppily – we hit the post after 15 minutes but they are a top class team and if you are on the back foot and give them a yard, they can pass the ball and play football.

"If you give them three or four yards then it's too easy for them."

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