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Czech Kovac joins Hammers on loan

Radoslav Kovac
Kovac is keen to play in the Premier League

Czech international Radoslav Kovac has joined West Ham on loan until the end of the season from Spartak Moscow.

Also linked with a move to Celtic, the 29-year-old Kovac, who was captain at Spartak, can play in midfield as well as central defence.

West Ham chief executive Scott Duxbury confirmed the club have the option to make Kovac's signing permanent.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola said: "He will give us competition in a midfield, which is already very strong."

Kovac brings a wealth of experience from his country's World Cup 2006 and Euro 2008 campaigns, while he has also played in the Champions League and Uefa Cup.


"I'm pleased to have Radoslav here," added Zola. "He has a lot of experience with the national team and I'm sure he will help us with what we are trying to achieve this season."

Kovac admitted that manager Gianfranco Zola's presence at West Ham played a big part in persuading him to join the club.

"There was interest from other big clubs but when West Ham showed their interest, it felt like the right move for me and a chance to come and play in the Premier League," he told the club's official website,

"Of course I know a lot about the manager and also the player he was. He says it is a fantastic opportunity for me to come and play under him and I am very excited about this.

Earlier in the week West Ham beat off "fierce competition" from Europe's leading clubs to complete the signing of 19-year-old Brescia striker Savio Nsereko.

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