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Jan 12, 2011

Bridge completes Hammers loan

Relegation-threatened West Ham have completed the loan signing of Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge until the end of the season.

• Grant avoids Hammers sack
• On The Move: January 12

The Hammers have agreed to pay Bridge's £90,000-a-week wages and he passed a medical with the East London club on Wednesday evening.

Bridge, 30, adds real experience to the West Ham defence having made 289 appearances in the Premier League and won 36 caps for England. He turned down the chance to move to Aston Villa.

He had fallen behind summer signing Aleksandar Kolarov in Roberto Mancini's plans at Manchester City though, and has now made West Ham the third London club of his career following spells with Chelsea and Fulham.

"I am delighted to sign for West Ham United," Bridge told the club's official website. "I am just looking forward to meeting everyone at the training ground, starting work and getting out on the pitch and playing in front of the fans. I am glad the loan is sorted and I'm ready to play.

"It will be great to play a part in helping keep West Ham in the Premier League. It would be a big achievement.

"I know a few of the players from England and I know the physio. I spoke to Scotty Parker and a few people and they told me what a great club it is. That definitely helped me make the decision to come here.

"There is a lot of quality here and I know we can move up the table. The first half on Tuesday was great. There should have been a few more goals and then the team came back with ten men. If we can play like that every week we'll be fine."

Bridge joins a West Ham side that are bottom of the table with 20 points from 22 games.

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