Deadline day signing Pablo Armero trained with his new West Ham United team mates for the first time on Friday and the Colombia international cannot wait for his chance to impress in English football.

The 27-year-old left-back, who has joined the Club on loan for the rest of the season from Serie A side SSC Napoli, is in Sam Allardyce's squad for the trip to Aston Villa on Saturday after obtaining a visa to link up with the Londoners.

Having already secured a work permit for the new No8 prior to his signing, the wait for a visa to be issued meant Armero only arrived in England late this week, but he is ready to show what he can do.

Speaking in a West Ham TV exclusive, he said: "Thank you very much to West Ham for this opportunity. I feel very good to be here and I see a group that wants to improve and wants to win every game. I hope to do a good job at West Ham United..

"For me this Is a great opportunity and will be a great experience. English football is very attractive and I'm very glad to be here. I will give my best, 100%, to the coach to improve the quality of the team."

Armero already has experience of playing against top flight English opposition, having faced Arsenal home and away in this season's UEFA Champions League group stages.

He believes his game is well suited to the demands of English football.

He explained: "It was good to play against Arsenal because I like English football. It's attacking and defending, it's quick football - quicker than Italy - and I've always wanted to be here in the Premier League. Again, I will give my best to help the team.

"I am a left full-back, who likes to work in defence. I am a good defender, strong and quick, but I also like attacking. I like to go to the front and make good crosses. I will give good defending to the team, and good attacking too and hopefully I will help my team mates to win games."

Pablo Armero

Pablo Armero trained with his new team mates for the first time on Friday

Armero is one of three players to swap Serie A for the Boleyn Ground this winter following the arrival of Italy internationals Antonio Nocerino and Marco Borriello, and he says having those familiar faces at his new Club will ease the settling in process.

He continued: "Today was my first day at training, and everybody was nice to me. All the team mates are good for me, they are trying to help me integrate in the team. I knew Marco and Antonio before and they are helping me, by translating, and helping me to understand what they say.

"They are helping in my integration at the club and I hope that this is going to be a quick process so I can be in the starting eleven as soon as possible."

One of Armero's colleagues at Napoli was well-placed to explain what a move to the Boleyn Ground would entail. Valon Behrami spent two-and-a-half years in E13 and spoke fondly of his time at the Hammers to Armero.

He added: "Behrami told me that West Ham is a good club in the Premier League. It's a good institution, and a very good opportunity for me. He said that all the staff, all the players and the people who work for the team are good and they will help me.

"That's happening at the moment and he also told me about the Premier League, which is a league where everybody wants to play some day. He gave me compliments and wished me all the best."

Some eagle-eyed Hammers supporters may have already picked up on another of Armero's skills, with his dance moves proving a hit on YouTube. The Colombian says that should he hit the back of the net for the Hammers, those same skills may be getting an airing in the Premier League too.

He smiled: "First of all, I want to play and I want to be in the starting eleven. I want to help the team, and after that if I score I will make a celebration and dance! I am a very happy guy and I would like to enjoy this time."