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New Zealand international Winston Reid joins West Ham

New Zealand celebrate their late equaliser

Reid's injury-time goal for NZ

West Ham have made their fifth signing of the summer after completing a deal for New Zealand defender Winston Reid from Danish side FC Midtjylland.

Reid, 22, who scored a memorable last-minute equaliser for New Zealand at the World Cup against Slovakia, signed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He joins fellow new Upton Park arrivals Thomas Hitzlsperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Tal Ben Haim.

West Ham open the new Premier League season on Saturday week at Aston Villa.

"It has been a mad couple of weeks and the last couple of days have been pretty hectic, so I am just happy to be here now," Reid told the club website.

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"I am pretty decent fitness-wise. I had a game last Sunday so I am in pretty good nick."

Reid, who only made his debut for New Zealand in May this year, had a strange route to the World Cup.

The Maori-descended player moved from New Zealand to Denmark with his mother 11 years ago, playing football for Denmark up to U21 level.

He turned down a chance to play for New Zealand in 2007 before being contacted by a Kiwi journalist via Facebook before the World Cup, and being told he was still eligible to play for the country of his birth.

Reid committed his future to New Zealand in March this year and made his debut against Australia two months later.

He has been a regular in the Danish First Division for the last two years, being linked with a move to Italy's Serie A and playing in both legs of Midtjylland's Uefa Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Manchester City in August 2008.



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see also
Ben Haim joins West Ham on loan
03 Aug 10 |  West Ham
West Ham snap up pair of forwards
16 Jul 10 |  West Ham
West Ham in failed bid for Remy
05 Jul 10 |  West Ham
West Ham swoop for Hitzlsperger
05 Jun 10 |  West Ham
Grant confirmed as West Ham boss
03 Jun 10 |  West Ham
Midtj'land 0-1 Man City (agg 1-1)
28 Aug 08 |  Europe
Man City 0-1 FC Midtjylland
14 Aug 08 |  Europe


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