Curbs delighted by Faubert arrival

Alan Curbishley has revealed his delight at the capture of French international midfielder Julien Faubert.

The 23-year-old signed from Bordeaux on Sunday after Hammers pounced to beat off interest from several other clubs and make him our second new arrival this summer.

"I am delighted that Julien has agreed to join us," says Curbs. "There was a lot of strong interest in the player from other clubs but we acted quickly and he was very keen to come.

"Great credit must go to Eggert Magnusson and Scott Duxbury for their work in ensuring that the transfer took place quickly and smoothly, and we look forward to Julien joining up with us later this week.

"He is a young player, very strong, quick and athletic, who is comfortable at right-back or right-midfield, and can also play high up the pitch as part of a 4-3-3 if required.

"He has a great pedigree having progressed through the Cannes academy, and scored on his international debut for France last year, so we are very excited about the impact he could have here."