Kepa eager to make a big impression

Kepa Blanco admits he is looking forward to testing himself in the Premiership after completing a loan move to West Ham United.

The 23-year-old Sevilla striker has signed until the end of the season, with Alan Curbishley holding an exclusive option to make the transfer permanent if desired, and is hoping that he will get an opportunity to impress the Hammers boss soon.

"I am very happy to sign and grateful to Alan Curbishley and West Ham United for choosing to sign me," says Kepa. "I have had a few little problems at Sevilla but I am now looking forward to a new beginning in England and I hope to enjoy a good period with the club.

"I am confident that my style of play can fit into the Premiership, and I am excited by the prospect of playing against the best teams in England, but first I must simply try to win a place in the team and help us out of the position we are in.

Having counted former Hammers striker Fredi Kanoute as a team-mate back at Sevilla, Kepa admits he didn't get the opportunity to quiz the Frenchman on life at Upton Park, but insists he is excited by the prospect of starting a new life in London.

"I don't know too much about West Ham," he says, "but historically they are a very strong team and, although the position at the moment is not good, I believe that we can return to that level soon.

"I didn't get the opportunity to speak to Fredi before I left, as the move happened so quickly and we have had a lot of matches recently, but I know that he enjoyed his time with the club and I hope to enjoy success of my own.

"I am looking forward to the challenge now. First and foremost, I have to adapt to a new life in England and get used to the city I will live in, then I have to show that I can be an important player on the pitch for West Ham United."