Friday 10 Jul
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Ogbonna completes Hammers move

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna has completed his transfer to the Club

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna has completed his transfer to the Club.


Ogbonna, 27, arrives on a four-year deal after joining from the Italian Serie A side for an undisclosed fee.


The Italy international is the second Serie A player to make the move to the Boleyn Ground this summer, following Pedro Obiang's transfer from Sampdoria and he cannot wait to get going.


He told whufc.com: "I am delighted to have joined the Club. I wanted to play in the Premier League and am happy to be in London. My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United.


“I cannot wait to start working under Mr Bilic and with my new team-mates. I feel ready for this new adventure.”

 

A strong and powerful defender, Ogbonna won a host of admirers during his time with Juventus, in which he collected two Serie A titles, a Coppa Italia and a Supercoppa Italiana.

Born in Cassino in the Lazio region of Italy, Ogbonna began his youth career in his home town before being spotted by Torino at the age of 14.He made his top flight debut at 18, and after gaining further experience with a loan spell at Crotone, he returned to establish himself in the Torino side.


The Granata suffered relegation in 2009, but Ogbonna helped them reclaim their spot at the top table before moving across town to Juventus in 2013.


The 6'3 defender continued his progress with the Old Lady, making 25 appearances in his debut season at Juventus and backing that up with the same number of league appearances last term.


He picked up league winners medals in both of his seasons with Juve, and was on the bench as they lost out to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final in May.


A natural at centre back who can also play at left back, Ogbonna has been capped  ten times by his country and was a member of the Italy squad which finished as runners-up at UEFA Euro 2012.