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Monday 29 August Updated Wednesday 18 February

Montenegro signs

West Ham United are pleased to announce the signing of exciting Paraguay Under-20 international forward Brian Montenegro.

Montenegro, who turned 18 in June, has joined the Hammers on a season-long loan from Uruguay-based Club Deportivo Maldonado. He had a medical last week and then put pen to paper at the Boleyn Ground on Monday morning.

Speaking to whufc.com, the talented teenager said he could not wait to prove himself in English football. He said: "I am very excited to come here and play in England, especially for a club like West Ham United. I am hoping to get a chance to show the fans what I can do.

"It is a fantastic stadium. I have seen a game and it is amazing how many people come to the matches. The fans are very passionate and I would love to get the chance to play for them."

While Montenegro admitted he would have to work hard in training to prove his worth to the coaches, he said he was determined to take the opportunity he has been given with both hands.

"I have to prove myself but if I get the chance I would love to help the club to get promoted this season. This is a fantastic opportunity and it would be a dream to help the team get to the Premier League. I am going to work very hard to impress."

When asked to describe his playing style, he added: "I am a fast player, I like to run at defenders and scare them. I am still developing physically but I like to attack."

The teenager, who previously came through the ranks at Paraguayan Primera Division club Tacuary, starred for his country at the South American Youth Championship in Peru earlier this year.

Montenegro capped his tournament by scoring in his country's 3-2 group-stage defeat by Brazil.

Despite his youth, the teenager made 51 appearances for Tacuary over the previous two seasons - 26 of them starts - and scored seven goals.

Montenegro finished the 2010/11 season by scoring three times in his final two appearances, including two goals in the last six minutes in a 2-1 victory over Guarani and the opener in a 2-0 win over Cerro Porteno.

While the first Paraguayan to play for the club, Montenegro follows notable list of South Americans to wear the claret and blue, including Nolberto Solano (Peru), Javier Margas and Luis Jimenez (Chile), Walter Lopez (Uruguay) and Javier Mascherano, Lionel Scaloni and Carlos Tevez (Argentina).

The forward becomes the eighth new recruit at the Boleyn this summer, following Abdoulaye Faye, Kevin Nolan, Joey O'Brien, Matt Taylor, John Carew, George McCartney and Sam Baldock.

More signings are expected in the next 72 hours ahead of the 11pm deadline on Wednesday. whufc.com will be the place to hear all the official news fastest, as well as the first photos and interviews. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

Brian Montenegro

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