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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 June, 2005, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK
Carroll completes West Ham move
Roy Carroll
Newly-promoted West Ham have completed the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew said he was delighted to sign the Northern Ireland international, 27, ahead of his side's first season back in the Premiership.

"I believe Roy's best years are ahead of him," he told West Ham's website.

"When a club is re-introduced to the Premier League, as we are, goalkeeper is an essential position. Roy brings all the qualities we need."

Pardew also promised there would be more new faces at Upton Park before the start of the season.

"This will be the first of what I hope will be three or four more signings to strengthen the team for the challenge ahead."

Carroll began his career with Hull in 1995 and was signed by Wigan for 350,000 in 1997.

He made 135 league appearances for the Latics before moving to Old Trafford for 2.5m in July 2001.

He went on to make more than 70 appearances for United, but endured a difficult final season, making several high-profile blunders.

He infamously dropped Pedro Mendes' long-range lob behind the goal line against Spurs on 4 January - getting away with it because of an error by match officials.

He then fumbled a shot for Hernan Crespo to grab a crucial winner for AC Milan in the Champions League first leg at Old Trafford.


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