West Ham have completed the signing of Modibo Maiga from Sochaux on a long-term deal.
The 24-year-old has been regularly linked with a move to English football and has joined the Barclays Premier League new boys on a four-year deal, with an option for a further two.
Maiga, who can play as a centre forward or on the wing, joins the Hammers for an undisclosed fee.
"I am really happy and excited about joining West Ham United," he told the club's official website, www.whufc.com.
"I know West Ham are a big club in England and I'm really looking forward to representing them.
"They have huge tradition and it is like joining part of a family and that is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here.
"I know some of the big names that have played for the club in the past and I am proud to be part of a new team back in the Premier League."
Maiga becomes West Ham's fifth signing since winning the npower Championship play-offs, following deals for Mohamed Diame, George McCartney, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson.