West Ham sign exciting centre-back ahead of January window

Date published: Tuesday 22nd December 2020 4:04 - Matthew Briggs

West Ham boss David Moyes has boosted his defensive options with the signing of Danish centre-back Frederik Alves.

The 21-year-old has joined the Hammers from Silkeborg for an undisclosed fee and will link up with his new team on January 2.

A Denmark Under-21 international, the defender has been a regular for his club in the last two seasons and is relishing his move to the Premier League.

“I’m feeling very excited and I can’t wait to get started,” Alves told the Hammers’ website.

“I was very excited to hear that a big team from the Premier League was interested and I’m very glad to be getting an opportunity at this club.

“My plan is to join up and train with the squad in January and, from there, to work hard so that I can play with the first team.

“I have great respect for the senior defenders here and I am the young one, so I am going to learn as much as I can from them because they are more experienced and know how the Premier League works. I am here to learn.”

Alves, who has a Brazilian mother and Danish father, earned his chance at Silkeborg after two years in the Coritiba youth team.

He added: “I started playing football in Denmark, then we used to go to Brazil on vacation once or twice every year, so to keep fit I played football with my cousins and friends at their team.

“An agent saw me, liked me and spoke with mother and agreed for me to go on trial with Coritiba. I passed the trial and it went well, so I played over there for two years before I came back to Denmark in the summer of 2017 and joined Silkeborg.”

Moyes delighted with Antonio deal

Meanwhile, Moyes has welcomed the news that Michail Antonio has committed his future to the club.

The 30-year-old, who has signed a new deal until 2023, scored eight goals in six games at the end of last season to help the Hammers avoid the drop, and Moyes is hoping for more of the same.

“He’s been really important, certainly since lockdown,” Moyes said. “He’s been instrumental to a lot of goals in how he’s played.

“I’m pleased. It’s good the club had things in control and I’m thrilled we’ve got Mickey sorted. All I need to do now is get him fit and firing and ready to play the way he has in recent weeks.”

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