Joint-Chairman: Ogbonna is a great signing

West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan is thrilled to have secured the signing of Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna and feels he will be a crucial part of the first-team squad next season.

Ogbonna, 27, was being chased by a number of top European Clubs, but the Hammers won the race to clinch his signature.

The Italy international became the fifth new arrival this summer after he signed a four-year deal on Friday and will add even more competition to the defence.

Mr Sullivan believes the Club have showed a real statement of intent once again as they look to bring the best players to the Boleyn Ground.

Sullivan said: “He is a great signing for the Club and shows the ambition we have getting yet another international player for a sizeable fee.

“I think this strengthens us in a department we have had injuries in season after season and been left short.”