Updated: 23/07/2012 20:02 | By pa.press.net

Hammers sign Swiss keeper Spiegel

Sam Allardyce has made six signings so far this summer

Sam Allardyce has made six signings so far this summer

West Ham have signed teenage goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel from Swiss side Grasshoppers for an undisclosed fee, the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League side have announced.

The 19-year-old, who is a Switzerland Under-20 international, has penned a three-year contract until 2015 with an option for a further year and will arrive at the club this week.

The 6ft 3in custodian made 17 appearances for Swiss second tier side SC Bruhl SG last season, having played 41 games in the previous two campaigns for Grasshoppers' second team in the third tier.

Spiegel is expected to provide back-up to senior goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson, who both joined the Hammers this summer following the club's promotion from the npower Championship.

West Ham have also brought in defender George McCartney, midfielder Mohamed Diame and forward Modibo Maiga as manager Sam Allardyce shapes his squad for the new campaign.

23/07/2012 17:31
Wow so many average players in one squad, 'Big Sam' must really want to take the competition to Ipswich in the 2013/14 season in the champoinship. Hey you never know the old knackered legs of Nolan and Carlton Cole might keep you up, nah who am i kidding, favourites for the drop. Biggest Yoyo in England.
23/07/2012 16:22
This squad is getting as huge as Big Sams waist line. Big Sam means business, just don't get caught in a lift with him after he has had a curry.
23/07/2012 21:36
Maybe a bricklayer would be better.
23/07/2012 17:48
who's that jeremy spriegal........a joker to fit in with the rest of the tripe haha.....youll have to dig him up first.still being a keeper no doubt he'll be useful in a box......
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