Freddie reveals delight at signing

Freddie Ljungberg admits that the ambition of Eggert Magnusson convinced him to join West Ham United after nine successful years at Arsenal.

The Swedish international captain completed his move from north to east London this afternoon and says that his new Chairman made a big impression during the negotiation stages.

"I am very happy and really looking forward to the challenge," he says. "West Ham United is a great club and the Chairman really wants to go for it.

"I spoke to him at length - he is very easy to talk to, and you can see that he has that fire in his eyes. He wants to take the Club to another level, and hopefully I can help him to do that.

"There are a lot of reasons for making this move and it is hard for me to talk about all of them, but the main thing is that I was convinced by the ambition at West Ham United.

"The Chairman wants me to help build success here in the future, and I am very excited by that challenge. The aim is to get the Club to the top of English football

"I haven't had a chance to train with my new team-mates yet, but I am looking forward to that. There are some fantastic players here and the squad is very strong.

"The Chairman has proved that he isn't scared to move in the transfer market, but West Ham also have a lot of good young players - the Youth Academy here is very famous - and I really can't wait to be a part of things here."