Curbs happy to have made the Wright move

Alan Curbishley is backing Richard Wright to prove his quality at Upton Park after enduring a difficult last couple of years at Everton.

The twice-capped England international goalkeeper signed on a free transfer on Wednesday night after leaving Goodison Park at the end of the season, and the Hammers boss couldn't hide his pleasure at snapping up the former Ipswich and Arsenal stopper.

"I'm delighted that Richard has signed," he says. "He is exactly the sort of player I like - dedicated, hungry and also a little a bit angry after what has happened to him in the last couple of years.

"I've got no doubts about his ability, and he is the perfect player to come in and put pressure on the other goalkeepers at the Club.

"He has great experience but, at 29, is still young in goalkeeping terms and hopefully has his best years in front of him.

"I'm sure he will enjoy his time here and we welcome the competition that he will provide."