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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 16, 2006

Pardew 'delighted' with Green deal

West Ham manager Alan Pardew has lifted the spirits around Upton Park with the £2million signing of England goalkeeper Robert Green.

Pardew was left 'devastated' yesterday after key striker Dean Ashton was ruled out for three months with a broken ankle suffered while training with the England squad.

But the Hammers boss was able to raise a smile after Green passed a strict medical - ironically in the same hospital Ashton was undergoing ankle surgery - and signed a four-year contract to complete his move from Norwich to West Ham.

Pardew described Ashton's £7.25million signing from the Canaries in January as a 'statement of intent' for West Ham - and Green's capture can be put in the same bracket.

The 26-year-old fits perfectly into Pardew's recruitment strategy.

Green is an England international but with plenty still to prove and Pardew believes the competition for top billing with Northern Ireland international Roy Carroll will bring the best out in him.

'I'm delighted to have secured Robert's signature,' said Pardew.

'He already has Premiership experience and is an established member of the England squad, so it is obviously fantastic to have him here in our squad.

'At 26, he still has his best years ahead of him, and we are all excited about what he can bring to the club.

'He is another young English talent who will be pushing to continue his international career this season, and I am sure he can achieve that aim at West Ham United.

'We now have a stronger pool of goalkeepers than we had last year, with Roy Carroll and Jimmy Walker also competing for the first-team jersey, and it can only be healthy for the squad.

'I've no doubt that Robert will relish that challenge, and it will hopefully take all three goalkeepers to a higher level.'

Norwich had accepted a bid from Charlton over the weekend but West Ham stepped in to trump their London rivals and Green immediately bought into Pardew's vision for the future.

Green is back in full training after suffering a ruptured groin while playing for England B against Belarus on the eve of the World Cup.

It cost Green a place in the squad that travelled to Germany but he is now less than a month away from a return.

And he is convinced a move to Upton Park will help him break back into the England squad.

'Once I was given the chance to talk to West Ham there was no doubt in my mind about what I wanted to do,' said Green.

'I spoke to Alan Pardew and his enthusiasm shone through immediately. He has very ambitious plans for the club and I am looking forward to being a part of that.

'The manager was keen to get me in and he had a lot of enthusiasm and from that point it was pretty much a done deal.

'It is a fantastic club. It is an exciting time, the first time in a long while they have are playing in Europe.

'They have young English players and a young English manager, which is a bonus. It is great to be part of.

'It will be a big challenge to get past Roy Carroll and Jimmy Walker. Overall my aim is to get back in the England squad but first things first I will try to get in the West Ham side.'

Green becomes West Ham's seventh signing of the summer and Pardew is chasing an eighth, with a winger now his priority.