Thomas Hitzlsperger (Midfielder)
5th Apr 1982 (Munich)Signed:
5th Jun 2010 (£0)Contract:
3 yearsPrevious Club:
Best Signing (runner up) 2010/11; Goal of the Season (third place) 2010/11; Most Missed (third place) 2011/12.
'Der Hammer', as he is appropriately known, signed for the Hammers on a free after a disappointing season for Lazio in which he was benched and for Germany, who excluded him from their 2010 World Cup squad.
A firce tackler with a reputation for a fearsome shot, Hitzlsperger - the club's third German (behind Dieter Eckstein and Savio Nsereko) - made his name as a youngster at Aston Villa before become a mainstay at Stuttgart, where he won the Bundesliga in 2006/07.