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West Ham confirm signing of Maxwel Cornet on five-year deal

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Maxwel Cornet joins West Ham for a fee of £17.5m
Maxwel Cornet joins West Ham for a fee of £17.5m / Visionhaus/GettyImages

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Burnley winger Maxwel Cornet on a five-year deal.

The 25-year-old, who can play on both wings as well at wing-back or full-back, arrives at London Stadium after West Ham triggered the £17.5m release clause in his Burnley contract - one that became active after the Clarets' relegation to the Championship.

Cornet's contract contains an option to extend by a further year, and the Ivorian, who will wear the number 14 shirt, has expressed his delight at signing for the Hammers.

“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.

“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.”

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West Ham manager David Moyes, who has already signed Gianluca Scamacca, Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes this summer, said: “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.

“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.”