Curbs delighted with new arrival

Alan Curbishley is confident that Calum Davenport will fit straight into life at West Ham United after completing a move from Tottenham Hotspur this morning.

The Hammers boss swooped to make the 24-year-old central defender his third signing since the opening of the January transfer window, and admitted that his new arrival is likely to go straight into action against Newcastle United on Saturday.

"Obviously we are delighted to have moved so quickly to sign Calum," says Alan. "After Saturday we faced another set of problems with injuries to Danny Gabbidon and James Collins, so it was important that we brought someone in.

"I actually went to Tottenham on Sunday to watch Newcastle, our next opponents, and was very impressed with Calum, so I'm very pleased to have completed the deal in a short space of time.

"He is fully fit and has been playing regularly for Spurs recently, so he is up to speed and will be able to hit the ground running with us.

"The other thing is that he wanted to come. Having spent some time here on loan a couple of years ago, he knows all about the Club and some of the people here, so we are confident he will settle straight in.

"We've got Anton Ferdinand coming back from injury, too, so we can now look forward to Saturday, knowing that we have again added some more strength and experience to the squad.

"This is a particularly difficult transfer window to do business in, so I am delighted that we have already managed to add three new players."