Marco Borriello is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the Barclays Premier League.
The Italy international, who has seven caps to his name, has spent his entire career to date in his homeland, notching 71 Serie A goals in 253 appearances.
Having turned out for the likes of AC Milan, Juventus and AS Roma, from whom he joined the Hammers on loan, he is now looking forward to showcasing his talents on a different stage.
In an exclusive West Ham TV interview, he said: "I was given the opportunity to move in the summer and I was looking to come over to England and the Premier League, but I decided to stay at Roma at that time.
"However, when the opportunity arose to join West Ham in this transfer window, I was very happy to make the move.
"I can't wait to start playing in the Premier League - I know the fans are very passionate and I'm very excited by the challenge.
"I know it is a very tough league, but I am very much looking forward to testing myself here.
"Serie A and the Premier League are two different leagues. The Italian league is a bit more tactical, whereas the English league is maybe more physical.
"However, the ball is round in both countries, so if you are good player you can play in any league in the world."
The new No46 was born in Naples - the same city from which fellow Italian and new arrival Antonio Nocerino hails.
Borriello is looking forward to linking up with his countryman and he says the pair are well-versed on what to expect in east London.
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He continued: "I have joked with Antonio - we have two Italians, Neapolitans even, who have now met and are playing for a club in London.
"We both have loads of enthusiasm and are excited to start playing and hopefully bring West Ham up the table.
"Being Italian and following the English league, I know a lot about West Ham in terms of Gianfranco Zola having managed here and Paolo Di Canio being a great idol at the Club.
"I've read a lot about the history of the Club and know they have the nickname of the Irons. Both myself and Antonio are players who will wear the shirt with honour, with pride and with heart - we will give 100 percent whenever we play for the Club."