West Ham United F.C. right-back Carl Jenkinson has praised the club’s summer transfer business, which includes the additions of Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Enner Valencia, and Mauro Zarate.
The England international, 22, is currently on a season-long loan at West Ham from Arsenal, but has been sidelined since August with a hamstring problem.
“We’ve made some great signings and that was half the reason I joined,” Jenkinson told the club’s official website.
“The club is clearly making a big push and we’ve signed some more players since I signed. I think that’s a real sign of intent.
“Hopefully the players we have brought in, along with myself, can do ourselves justice in a West Ham shirt.”
Zarate, formerly of Internazionale and Lazio, has started two consecutive English Premier League matches for the Hammers, tallying a goal –against Crystal Palace– and an assist in last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s.
On the addition of Alex Song, Jenkinson added: “He is a top player and West Ham have done very well to bring him in.
“Me, as much as the rest of the boys and the fans, are very excited to have him on board because he’ll bring an awful lot to the side.
“He hasn’t played regularly for a while now so he needs to get his fitness up as he has said, but when he’s firing on all cylinders he’ll be a fantastic player for West Ham, I’m sure.”
Song, who started two matches for Cameroon at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, was absolutely delighted to secure a move to East London after a poor two-year stint at Barcelona.
“I’m very happy to be here and very happy to see the guys and the fans today and to start to do my job for West Ham United,” said Song shortly after agreeing a deal to join the Hammers.
“I think this is very important for me to be coming back to London to West Ham United, which is a club with ambition to build a new stadium and become a big club. I am very excited to be part of this project.
“For me, when I was in Spain, I always said that if I was to leave one day I would return to the Premier League.
“It was a very hard decision, because when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League. This is a league which has given me a lot and I didn’t finish what I wanted to achieve here.
“For my family too, it was very important, because my children and my wife wanted to come back to England. This is an opportunity to do that with West Ham and I just took it. I am very happy to be here and very proud to be part of the project at this club.”
Following the additions of Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Carl Jenkinson, Enner Valencia, and Mauro Zarate, West Ham are fairly priced at 9/2 to avoid relegation this season.