West Ham United are delighted to announce the arrival of Croatia international forward Mladen Petric on a deal until the end of the 2013/14 season.

Petric, who spent last season in the Barclays Premier League with Fulham, has played at the highest level in Germany for Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV, along with appearing in the Euro 2008 finals for his country.

He notched 51 Bundesliga goals prior to moving to English football last summer, where five goals in ten starts for the Cottagers followed.

He told whufc.com of his delight at linking up with the Hammers.

"I'm very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game," Petric said. "I know [the Premier League] and I'm happy to be back in the Premier League, because it's a fantastic league and I'm really looking forward to being part of this team and this Club.

"There are a lot of good players here and I'm happy to be part of such a good team and I hope we can all celebrate my first goal for West Ham as soon as possible.

"I didn't speak to Sam [Allardyce] until today but I've heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg and I'm sure I'll have a good time here.

"I remember playing at West Ham last year and it was a very tough game for us at Fulham. I think we lost 3-0! It's not easy to come here [as the away side] and take points away."

Mladen Petric

Petric was born in Dubrave, then in Yugoslavia, in January 1981 and began his career in Switzerland after moving there with his family as a youngster.

Spells at FC Baden, Grasshopper and Basel, where he was the Swiss League's top scorer in 2006/07, saw the 6'1'' striker establish himself before earning a move to Germany with Borussia Dortmund in summer 2007.

He helped Dortmund reach the final of the German Cup, as well as notching 13 league goals in his only season with Die Borussen, moving on to fellow German club Hamburg in 2008.

Petric remained equally prolific with his new club, scoring 12 times in 25 league games in his first campaign and bagging 38 in total, along with 15 assists.

Martin Jol, who managed him for a time at Hamburg, then took him to Fulham in 2012. He has also appeared on 45 occasions for Croatia, netting 13 goals - including the winner in their 3-2 win over England at Wembley in November 2007.

The striker has been maintaining his fitness over the summer and will begin training with his new team-mates immediately.

Log on to West Ham TV later for Petric's first interview as a West Ham player.

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