Hammers snare Boa Morte

05 January 2007 10:10
West Ham United have boosted their bid to beat the drop by snapping up Fulham captain Luis Boa Morte. The 29-year-old Portugal international has joined the Hammers on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, which is believed to be in the region of £5million. Boa Morte started his career in England with Arsenal and enjoyed a stint with Southampton, before heading to Craven Cottage in the summer of 2000 - initially on loan. He has gone on to score 54 goals in 250 appearances before deciding to move on. Boa Morte said after sealing his switch: "It was just the moment for a change to another club to continue my story in England. "The decision was not easy for me. I have always given my best for Fulham and now I begin a new era in my life." A downbeat Cottagers boss, Chris Coleman, told his club's official website: "I am of course disappointed that Luis has decided his future is not with Fulham." "However, I have always said that if a player is not happy playing for this club and expresses a desire to go, then I would be prepared to let him leave and this was the case with Luis."

Source: ESA