Sheringham agrees Colchester deal

West Ham United can confirm that Teddy Sheringham has joined Colchester United on a free transfer following the end of his contract at Upton Park.

Teddy, 41, has signed for the Championship side on a playing contract after three seasons with the Hammers, during which time he made 87 league and cup appearances, scoring 30 goals.

He was a part of the squad that won promotion to the Premier League in May 2005, and appeared as a substitute in our FA Cup final clash against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium a year later.

Last season he became the oldest player to score a Premier League goal when he netted in a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, before making what turned out to be his final appearance for the Club as a substitute in our FA Cup fourth round defeat against Watford in January 2007.

West Ham United would like to thank Teddy for his service over the past three years and wish him every success in his future career with Colchester United.

The Club can also confirm that defender Tyrone Mears has completed a £1million move to Derby County this afternoon.

The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Pride Park, helping them to win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, and has now made his deal permanent.

Tyrone, who joined West Ham United from Preston North End in June 2006, made just six league and cup appearances for the Club before joining up with his former manager Billy Davies in the January transfer window.

Once again, we wish Tyrone every success for his future career with Derby County.