Teddy Joins The Hammers

West Ham United is delighted to announce the signing of former England striker Teddy Sheringham on a free transfer from Portsmouth.

Teddy, who started his career at Millwall, went on to become one of the country's most dangerous and prolific strikers, scoring over 300 goals during spells with Nottingham Forest, Tottenham and Manchester United.

He has joined the Hammers on a one-year deal.

Teddy, will always be remembered for his highly-successful partnership with Alan Shearer for England.

He won 51 caps for his country, scoring 11 goals.

"I am very pleased to have signed Teddy whose vast experience and goalscoring ability will be a vital ingredient to my promotion plans for this season," said manager Alan Pardew.

"He is a proven goalscorer at all levels and will be a massive influence on the younger players in the squad, especially strikers Marlon Harewood and Bobby Zamora who will benefit enormously from his presence. 

"First of all, I¹m delighted to be here," said Teddy. "I spoke with Alan Pardew last season when he was manager at Reading and was very impressed with him, so when the chance came to join him at West Ham United I jumped at it.

"I was a Hammers fan as a youngster and stood on the old North bank with my big brother watching the likes of Alan Devonshire, Ray Stewart, Billy Jennings and Graham Paddon.

"So, to get the opportunity of playing for this great club after all these years is an honour and I'm sure I will enjoy the season helping the team to achieve their promotion goal."

Commenting on the recent speculation surrounding David Connolly, Alan Pardew said: "I confirm that I have agreed to let David hold talks with Sunderland and Leicester City. A fee has been agreed for his transfer and now the decision is up to him."

Connolly, who joined the Hammers from Wimbledon in July 2003 for £285,000, made 48 senior appearances and scored 14 goals for the Club.