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Thursday, 21 December, 2000, 13:32 GMT
West Ham snap up Camara
Titi Camara
Camara: Has completed his move to the Hammers
West Ham United have completed the 1.5m signing of Liverpool's out-of-favour striker Titi Camara.

The 28-year-old Guinean moves to Upton Park in a three-and-a-half year deal.

He has not started a game for Liverpool this season following a pre-season injury, but came through a medical on Tuesday.

Camara said he was very excited to be joining West Ham. "I think the side can reach the top five," he said.

"When you see the great players like Sinclair and Kanoute here then you see what potential there is. And it will be my pride to play with Paolo di Canio."

Parting shot

Camara found himself behind Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler in the pecking order for striking places at Anfield.

It was this lack of first-team opportunities that forced him to move on. "I need to play, and if I don't it is totally pointless," he said.

I don't think Houllier ever respected me, so I thought: 'What is the point of working with him?'
  Titi Camara

"If it was a question of money, I could have stayed at Liverpool and picked it up.

"Our job is to be on the pitch and if you aren't, you can't improve."

Camara could not resist firing a parting shot at his former boss Gerard Houllier.

Following Song

"I don't think Houllier ever respected me, so I thought: 'What is the point working with him?' If you are not getting respect it is useless.

"I was training on my own but I always had faith that situation would change.

Rigobert Song
Song: Also moved from Anfield to Upton park
"Yes, I had a dispute with the manager. But I wasn't the first - he had one with Rigobert Song as well."

Song also moved from Liverpool to West Ham earlier this season.

Camara made his name with French outfit Marseille before heading to Anfield in a 2.6m deal in June 1999.

He made 37 appearances for the Reds and scored 10 goals, including the winner on his debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

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