West Ham United can confirm that Fulham have signed Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil in a combined £6.3m deal that could rise by a further £1m depending on appearances.
Zamora has signed a four-year contract and Pantsil has a three-year deal. The west London club made their approach last week and the two players were granted permission to enter into discussions with a view to a permanent move. Both then agreed personal terms and passed medicals ahead of the announcement. The decision to let Zamora leave was influenced in part by the fact Alan Curbishley has plenty of options in attack, including Dean Ashton, Craig Bellamy, Carlton Cole and Freddie Sears along with the support play of Kieron Dyer and Luis Boa Morte.
Zamora had been with the club since January 2004 and will forever be remembered for his winning goal in the 2005 play-off final that took the club back to the top flight after a two-season absence. A knee injury and competition for places meant the striker played just 14 times in the 2007/08 campaign, scoring one goal. Pantsil signed after impressing for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup but the right-back made only seven league starts for the club in two seasons, along with 12 substitute appearances.
West Ham United CEO Scott Duxbury said: "In view of the competition for places at the club and a lack of first-team opportunities likely in the new season, we recognised both players' wish for regular football. Bobby Zamora played a significant part in the club securing promotion back in 2004/05 and his form and goals particularly in that Championship season will not be forgotten. I am sure both he and John Pantsil will be warmly welcomed whenever they return to the Boleyn Ground in the years to come."