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Hammers grab Fab

Filed: Wednesday, 20th June 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham have completed the capture of experienced goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski from Swansea City.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper joins West Ham on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £7million. He will join up with his new team mates upon returning from the World Cup Finals, where he is currently representing Poland.

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“West Ham is a massive club so I’m really happy to be joining at such an exciting time here," Fabianski told whufc.com. " I will do my best on and off the pitch to help the team to achieve the best results possible and can’t wait to start this new chapter of my career.

He was welcomed to the club by new Director of Football Mario Husillos, who insisted that he would provide "strong competition" to current number one Adrian.

“He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position," said Husillos.

"At the moment Lukasz is fully focused on the World Cup finals with Poland. We wish him all the very best out in Russia and look forward to welcoming him upon his return to England later this summer."

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Born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, close to the border with Germany, Fabianski began his pro career at Lech Poznan before moving on to Legia Warsaw for whom he made his league debut in 2005, securing a clean sheet against Arka Gdynia.

After being named as Ekstraklasa Goalkeeper of the Year for two successive seasons, he joined Arsenal in a £2.1million deal in May 2007 where he remained for the next seven seasons.

However when the opportunity to become regular first choice goalkeeper at Swansea arrived, Fabianski jumped at the chance - and he was to spend the next four season as City's #1, a spell that came to an end just a matter of weeks after he was named as the relegated club's Player of the Season.

The 6'3" goalkeeper becomes Manuel Pellegrini's third defensive reinforcement of the summer, following the arrival of Ryan Fredericks (fulham, free transfer) and Issa Diop (Toulose, £22million).

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