West Ham sign Czech hardman Kovac on permanent deal from Spartak
10 August 2009 04:53
West Ham have signed Radoslav Kovac on a permanent deal from Spartak Moscow following the Czech international's successful loan spell at Upton Park last season.
The 29-year-old impressed in his 10 appearances after joining the Hammers for the second half of last season, but the Barclays Premier League club initially decided against taking up a pre-agreed £4million option to complete his transfer.
However, after weeks of negotiations, the holding midfielder has got his wish to return to Upton Park with Spartak confirming the transfer for an undisclosed fee.
Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers, Fenerbahce and Hannover had also shown interest in the former Sparta Prague player.
Kovac said: 'I very much appreciate the time I have spent with Spartak. Thank you to the fans. I hope this season Spartak receive their long-awaited championship win.'