Hammers complete Davenport signing

West Ham United have completed the signing of central defender Calum Davenport from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old, who spent two months on loan at Upton Park in 2004, has put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half year contract, and will be available for Saturday's trip to Newcastle United.

Born in Bedford on New Year's Day 1983, the former England youth and under-21 international began his professional career with Coventry City after progressing through the youth ranks at Highfield Road, making his senior debut against Bradford City on the final day of the 2000-01 season.

After making almost 100 appearances for the Sky Blues, Calum earned a move to the Premiership in August 2004, when Tottenham swooped to secure his signature in a £1.5million deal. However, just days later, the 6ft 3ins defender was heading back to the Championship after Spurs agreed to loan their new signing out to West Ham United.

Calum made his Hammers debut in a 2-1 win at Sheffield United and went on to make 10 league appearances for the Club. After impressing in the centre of defence during our push for promotion, it was something of a disappointment when he was recalled by Spurs in mid-November.

After making his long-awaited debut for Tottenham in a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, Calum then headed out for further loan spells at Southampton and then at Norwich City the following season, before returning to White Hart Lane to play in their last four matches of the 2005-06 campaign - including their infamous final-day 2-1 defeat at Upton Park.

After winning a place in Martin Jol's team at the start of this season, Calum then found himself on the sidelines as Ledley King and Michael Dawson formed a first-choice partnership but, following injuries to the pair, he recently earned a recall, scoring his first goal for the Club in a 2-1 victory at Manchester City.

Exclusive reaction from Calum Davenport and Alan Curbishley to follow later…