Club's New Signing

West Ham have signed Lee Bowyer's cousin - and academy director Tony Carr says there are similarities in style with the youngster and his famous relative.

Ian Tucker is the name to look out for, as he joins on scholarship forms in trying to emulate his famous relative.

Bowyer - very much in the news at the moment of course - started his professional career at Charlton and, although Harry Redknapp was at one stage interested in him, he moved on to Leeds.

The Hammers have managed to capture the signature of Ian, though, about whom Tony says:

"He is another Canning Town lad who is very tenacious and aggressive; he is full of running and hopefully he can get on in the next couple of seasons with us.

"Ian is similar to his cousin, though obviously it is difficult to make comparisons; let's say he is of the same ilk.

"He is a very nice boy."

Running the rule over other players joining on scholarship forms for next season, Tony says:

"Darren Bluett is a left sided centre back, very aggressive, very tall, and very strong.

"He has done ever so well, and with left sided players being at a premium, we decided to give him an opportunity - he has fully deserved it.

"Hopefully he will come on and do well - he is from Hornchurch, so hopefully he will be a local boy made good.

"Richard Cole is a wide left player with good feet; he is a good crosser of the ball, and can beat a player.

"He has been called up by England schoolboys this season, and capped; we hope he will do very well.

"He has already been picked for the U17s - and we have high hopes for him.

"Danny Bunce is a central midfield player, very skilful with the ball at his feet, and he likes to run with it to take players on - and beat them!

"He has a very good engine, and he is an Essex boy who we hope will do very well."

* More from Tony on the rest of the new boys later in the week.