Hundreds of West Ham United supporters turned out at the Club's Romford store to meet new signings Mauro Zarate, Diego Poyet and Cheikhou Kouyate on Thursday afternoon.

The trio were in store to sign autographs, chat with fans and pose for photographs as they took time out to meet supporters young and old ahead of Saturday's Marathonbet Cup match against Sampdoria.

Argentine striker Zarate gave fans a first glimpse of the Hammers' new third kit, which will go on sale to all supporters at 9am on Saturday from Official Club Stores and www.officialwesthamstore.com


Diego Poyet, Mauro Zarate and Cheikhou Kouyate wear all three of the Hammers' new kits for 2014/15. The new third kit is available from 9am on Saturday

Midfielder Kouyate was taken aback by the numbers present at the signing session, and the Senegal international was thrilled to meet the supporters.

He said: "It was great to see the fans on Thursday. It was a natural environment and it's nice to see them enjoying themselves.

"We enjoy it too because it allows us to create a relationship and a link with them, which is very important. It was a lot of fun.

"Before I came to the Club Mo Diame told me that I would really enjoy it here and that the crowd is fantastic.

"I'm looking forward to getting started playing for West Ham."

For 14-year-old supporter Mason from Cambridge, an early start to see his heroes was worthwhile.

He explained: "I found out the players were going to be here the other day, so I thought it was brilliant. My dad lives down in Rainham, so I came down to visit my family and see the players at the shop on Thursday.

"I got here at about 11am but it was great to see the players. I'm really excited to cheer all three of them on, and the other new players against Sampdoria on Saturday."

They were sentiments echoed by 19 year-old London-based supporter Cameron.

"It's been great, I know some Spanish so it was great to speak with Zarate and interact with him a little bit," he said.

"We had a little chat with all of them, asked them what they think about everything, so it was a nice event.

"They all seem like nice blokes and hopefully they can bring us some class this season."