Fulham Football Club has today announced the joint signing of Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil from West Ham United. Zamora joins the Club on a four year deal and Pantsil on a three year contract, for a collective fee of £6.3m.
Zamora, a 27 year-old striker, arrived at Upton Park from Tottenham Hotspur in January 2004 and scored four vital goals for the Hammers in the following season’s Championship play-offs which included the winner against Preston, helping to secure his team’s promotion back to the Premier League. Unfortunately, last season Bobby was blighted by injury following a successful start to the Hammers campaign; however he returned to finish his season by playing his part in the final run in. Joining from Bristol Rovers as a trainee in 1999, Zamora made a permanent move to Brighton & Hove Albion following a successful loan spell in the summer of 2000, where he scored 77 goals in 130 appearances. In July 2003 Tottenham Hotspur won the race for his signature.
John Pantsil began his career in Berekum, Ghana. A player comfortable at full back or in midfield, Paintsil had stints in his native Ghana with Berekum Arsenal and Liberty Professionals and a brief spell with Polish side Widzew Lódz before moving to Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002. After the 2006 World Cup, Paintsil joined West Ham United on their pre-season tour of Sweden and he featured in the matches out there putting in some impressive performances. His signing with the Club was completed in August 2006.
This morning, Bobby Zamora, said:
‘I am delighted that we have reached an agreement to enable me to play for Fulham next season. I am looking forward to joining the rest of the team this week and preparing for the new campaign. This is a new challenge for me and the prospect of working with a coach of Roy Hodgson’s caliber was a great opportunity, so I am excited at the prospect of competing for a regular place in the team.’
Roy Hodgson added:
‘I am very pleased that we have been able to add both Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil to our squad. Bobby is a talented striker who not only has a desire to score goals but always looks to involve the rest of the team with his intelligent play. I have no doubt that Bobby will play an important part for us and his quality has allowed us to stregthen our attacking options.
‘John has a versatility that will provide us with more defensive options, which is extremely important to the strength and depth we have in the squad. Completing both signings has been a protracted process which has been much speculated about in the media, I am delighted that we can now officially welcome the players to the Club, following the completion of all of the necessary paperwork.’