Da Costa departs

West Ham United can confirm that Manuel da Costa has joined Russian Premier League club FC Lokomotiv Moscow.

Da Costa, who had only one year left on his Hammers contract and had expressed a desire to leave, has linked up with Lokomotiv for an undisclosed fee. He spent two years in east London, making just 35 appearances and scoring four goals.

The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Italian club ACF Fiorentina in September 2009, having previously featured for French side AS Nancy and Dutch outfit PSV Eindhoven.

The Portugal B international becomes the second Hammer to join Lokomotiv this week, following Internazionale loanee Victor Obinna to the Russian capital.

The club, who have already signed Abdoulaye Faye and Kevin Nolan as part of a busy summer of transfer activity, would like to thank Manuel for his efforts and wish him all the best in the future.