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West Ham sign Jimenez from Inter

Luis Jimenez
Jimenez started his career at Chilean side Club Deportivo Palestino

West Ham have made Inter Milan attacking midfielder Luis Jimenez their first signing of the summer.

The Chilean, 25, joins the Hammers on a season-long loan with a view to a possible permanent move.

Jimenez, nicknamed the Wizard, will officially join the Premier League club on 1 July pending a successful medical.

"I can't promise anything but I am going to everything possible to do a good job for the club," Jimenez told West Ham's website.

Jimenez has won 20 international caps, but last played for his country in March 2008 as he concentrated on winning a place in Inter's team.


Although this meant he failed to meet the necessary quota of international appearances to pass work permit rules, the case put forward by the Hammers - with the support of Inter manager Jose Mourinho - to the Football Association secured his switch.

Jimenez made his name in Italy at Serie B side Ternana, where he scored 25 goals in 88 league appearances between 2002 and 2007.

Short spells at Fiorentina and Lazio followed before a loan spell at the Nerazzurri was made permanent in the summer of 2008.

Manager Gianfranco Zola has already converted last season's loan signings of defender Herita Ilunga and goalkeeper Peter Kurucz into permanent deals.

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