Maxwel Cornet: West Ham confirm £17.5m transfer as fifth arrival of busy summer window

 (West Ham)
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West Ham have completed the signing of Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet in a £17.5million deal.

The Hammers activated the Ivory Coast international’s release clause earlier this week and he has now been unveiled as David Moyes’ fifth signing of the summer, signing a five-year contract.

He was not registered in time to be considered for a swift debut on Sunday, when West Ham open the new season against reigning champions Manchester City.

“It’s a new step for me to join this big Club and I’m really happy to be here, to be part of the project for the Club. I’m just excited to start,” Cornet said.

“Everyone knows the level here in the Premier League is very high and I want to play here for that, so I'm really happy to be here for the next stage in my career.

New signing: Maxwel Cornet has swapped claret and blue, leaving Burnley for West Ham (West Ham)
New signing: Maxwel Cornet has swapped claret and blue, leaving Burnley for West Ham (West Ham)

“It will be amazing to play in front of 62,500 fans at London Stadium. I played here for Burnley last season and I can’t wait to experience it as a West Ham player.”

Cornet was one of Burnley’s best performers in the Premier League last term after arriving from Lyon in the summer, but his nine goals were not enough to keep the club in the top-flight.

The 25-year-old was primarily deployed as a winger at Turf Moor but Moyes views him as an option at left wing-back, too.

The Hammers are short in that position having allowed Arthur Masuaku to join Besiktas on a season-long loan, which includes an option make the move permanent next summer.

The Irons had been hopeful of signing Eintracht Frankfurt wing-back Filip Kostic but have so far been unable to convince the Serbian to walk away from Champions League football and the potential for a lucrative free transfer next summer, when his contract with the Bundesliga side expires.

“We are delighted to welcome Maxwel to West Ham United. He is a versatile player with good experience, both in the Premier League and in European football, and will add strength and quality to our squad,” said Moyes.

“He made a big impact with his performances for Burnley last season and he has impressed me with his desire to improve and challenge himself further here at West Ham.

“We look forward to bringing Maxwel into the group and wish him all the best in his career with us.”