Championship - Demel joins West Ham United

Thu, 01 Sep 09:38:00 2011

Ivorian international defender Guy Demel has left Hamburg for West Ham United after agreeing a two-year deal with an option for a third.

Hamburg SV's Guy Demel controlls the ball during their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Werder Bremen in Bremen September 25, 2010 - 0

In a deal finalised minutes before the European summer transfer window closed on Wednesday, the French-born Demel joins relegated West Ham after spending the last 10 years in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg.

The 30-year-old, who had a brief unsuccessful spell at Arsenal in 2000, can play in any position at the back but was not part of Hamburg coach Michael Oenning's plans for this season and had been training with the reserves.

It was a busy day for Sam Allardyce as David Bentley joined West Ham from Tottenham on a season-long loan.

The out-of-favour midfielder moved to Upton Park hours after Scott Parker made a £5million switch in the opposite direction.

Bentley was joined at Upton Park by Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury on an initial season-long loan.

England Under-21 international Lansbury wants regular first-team football having failed to make the breakthrough with Arsenal.

He only came on as a late substitute during Sunday's 8-2 defeat by Manchester United despite an injury to Jack Wilshere, Alex Song's suspension and the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Burnley completed the signing of forward Junior Stanislas for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old, who has represented England at Under-19, 20 and 21 level, has penned a three-year deal.

Stanislas struggled with a hernia problem in 2010/11 and he has made just two appearances this season - scoring in the Carling Cup defeat to Aldershot at Upton Park.

Meanwhile Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio raided his former club to sign rookie midfielder Ahmed Abdulla on loan and Aldershot have signed defender Jordan Brown on loan.


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