West Ham United have completed their first signing of the summer with the £7million capture of Scott Parker from Newcastle United.
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley has landed the England international midfielder as a likely replacement for Nigel Reo-Coker, who looks set to leave Upton Park for Aston Villa for the same fee.
Parker will be reunited with Curbishley at West Ham after the pair worked together at Charlton Athletic.
The 26-year-old left Charlton for Chelsea in 2004 before moving on to Newcastle United in a £6.5million deal just over 12 months later.
Parker made 73 appearances for the Magpies and was handed the captain's armband by former manager Glenn Roeder, but has been allowed to leave St James' Park by new boss Sam Allardyce.
He has signed a five-year contract with the Hammers to the delight of Curbishley.
"I'm delighted Scott has agreed to sign for us," he told the club's official website.
"Our relationship goes back some time to when he first joined Charlton as a schoolboy.
"He's coming to the club knowing full well that we're trying to push forward and he wants to be part of that.
"Firstly he wants to improve our team, then he wants to improve his chances of forcing his way back into the England scene.
"He has been captain of Newcastle over the last couple of seasons and he is exactly the type of player that I wanted to bring to the club.
"He's very experienced but still young and I'm sure he's going to be a big asset to West Ham."