West Ham United sign midfielder Flynn Downes

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Flynn Downes.

The 23-year-old, a lifelong Hammer, joins the Club from Swansea City on a five-year contract, with a further one-year option, for an undisclosed fee.

A gifted passer, strong tackler and combative all-round player who is already closing in on 150 career appearances, Downes has been earmarked by manager David Moyes as a player with the potential to shine at Premier League level.

The former England U20 international is relishing the opportunity to continue his career with his boyhood team after West Ham beat off the challenge of a number of leading clubs to secure his services.

“It’s a surreal feeling to have joined my boyhood Club,” said Downes, who will wear the No12 shirt. “I feel like I’m dreaming.

“It’s been my dream since I was a little boy to join this Club – it’s an absolute privilege. This is my Club, so I couldn’t be more delighted. I’m glad to be here and I can’t wait to get started.

“I want to be the best I can be and this feels like the perfect opportunity to test myself against the very best players in the Premier League.

“Players have come to West Ham from the Championship and progressed to international honours. That’s something you can’t ignore. The manager’s track record of bringing players through was a big motivation in me joining the Club.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a West Ham player.”

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