Tristan a happy Hammer

Diego Tristan is fit, scoring goals, and enjoying his football again with West Ham United.

The 33-year-old striker has hit the net twice in the Hammers' last three Premier league matches in the absence of the injured Carlton Cole.

In an exclusive interview with the official matchday programme, Tristan revealed that has rediscovered his love for the beautiful game since joining West Ham in November.

"On a personal level I am proving something to myself and to those people who might have wondered about me because I'd not played for a long time," he said. "They can see I still have something to give and am still scoring goals and doing it in an important league like this one which is the best in the world along with the Spanish. It makes me feel happy and proud to be showing I still belong at the top level."

Tristan's contract expires at the end of the current season, but manager Gianfranco Zola has revealed that the forward's impressive form could see the experienced hitman extend his stay at the Boleyn Ground.

"I came with the idea of playing this season and then we'd see at the end of it. I will do my best in the three games we've got left and then we'll see. I will speak to the manager and he will decide. I just hope that in these three games I can keep playing well, scoring goals and helping this team achieve their goal of qualifying for Europe."

To read more from Tristan, including his views on Fernando Torres, Liverpool's Spanish contingent and life at West Ham United, pick up your copy of Saturday's official matchday programme. Click HERE to order your copy.