West Ham United's support is drawn from over land and sea - and that was in evidence once again as the Hammers got down to work at Evian on their first training camp of pre-season.

Italian fan Simone Sirenia made the journey through Switzerland and into France from Aosta to get close to his heroes, and he was joined by Evian-based Hammers Dave and Dylan Gould to watch the session.

The pair could not believe their luck when they spotted pictures of Friday's training session on the Club's Facebook page, and realising the players were based in their home town, popped down on Saturday.

Dave, who previously lived in Chigwell but has been in Evian for the last 15 years, told West Ham TV: "It was like a dream come true when I found out West Ham were training in Evian.

"I was looking at the Facebook page, going through the photos from Friday's training and I thought, 'hang on, I know that stadium.' There aren't too many stadiums with a lake in the background, and I read through that it was in Evian, so I got on the bike and came over on Saturday morning.

"Being over here I don't get to see West Ham very often. The last time was when we came over for Arsenal on Boxing Day, which was a lovely game but a poor result. So it's nice to see them in the flesh - they seem very open and easy to talk to so it's fantastic.

"My son Dylan was with me as well - he's a West Ham fan born and bred too and it's fantastic for him too, he's well happy."

The facilities at the Hammers' base have been perfect for their needs in the first week of pre-season, and Gould confirmed that the area has plenty to offer for the visitor.

He added: "It's beautiful here - we've got the lake on one side of the town and the mountains on the other. In the summer we can go swimming in the lake and in the winter we can go skiing

"The nearest ski resort is 15 minutes away and the bigger ones like Morzine are just over an hour away. It's perfect - a lovely place to be."


The fans meet the Hammers' players at Evian

Meanwhile, Martelli d'Italia - Italian Hammers - member Sireina had come from slightly further afield, but the journey was not going to stop him seeing the team in close quarters.

He explained: "This has been a very beautiful day for myself and my supporters' club, the Martelli d'Italia. We are a big club and go to the Boleyn Ground to watch West Ham in every game.

"Evian is a very beautiful place and I'm very happy to be here. I live in Aosta, but my city is Lecce in southern Italy. I work in Aosta now, so I came here today, a journey of about 140km.

"My favourite player is Carlton Cole, but Ravel Morrison and Andy Carroll - they are good players for me,"