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Kouyate explains why he chose West Ham after £7million switch

13:50 18 June 2014

Cheikou Kouyate has signed for West Ham. Picture: West Ham United

Cheikou Kouyate has signed for West Ham. Picture: West Ham United

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New West Ham signing Cheikhou Kouyaté has revealed that Sam Allardyce was the main reason he joined the Hammers.

The £7million man can play either at the heart of the defence or in central midfield, giving Allardyce much needed options going into the start of pre-season.

Kouyate has grown a big reputation in recent months and was a sought-after prospect, with the likes of Arsenal and Galatasaray making enquires to Anderlecht this summer.

The Senegal international was proud of the effort Allardyce went to in order to bring him to east London and wants to repay the faith.

“I am very happy, because today West Ham have given me the chance to play in the Premier League,” Kouyate told the club’s official site.

“So I’m very happy to join such a club and that gives me great pleasure.

“I know a few players who were also at the club, [Carlos] Tevez, Demba [Ba], Andy Carroll, who was obviously here last season.

“West Ham are a team who are known and who are going to help me to progress. For my part, I’m going try to do great things here and try to improve further still as a player.

“That I’m here now is thanks to the manager, because he went out of his way, leaving his holiday for me, so he has done everything he could for me to join the club.

“He, my advisers and agents helped me make the right decision and said West Ham was the ideal club for me, because as a kid I dreamed of playing in the Premier League and now it’s here that my dream has been realised.”

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