West Ham have completed the signing of Albian Ajeti from Basel for a fee of €10 million.
Ajeti has been brought as a replacement for his compatriot Arnautovic, who left for Chinese powerhouse Shanghai.
With the capture of Albian Ajeti who has joined from Basel, West Ham have made their sixth signing of this summer’s transfer window. The 22-year-old striker is set for a long-term stay, after penning a four-year contract with an option for further two seasons.
Ajeti is regarded as one of the most promising players in European football, who had scored more than 40 goals for the Swiss side over the last three seasons. He is reportedly excited by the new challenge and adventure, as he was quoted by the Hammers’ official website saying: “I’m very excited to be here. It is a pleasure for me to be here at this big club.
“Once I felt West Ham’s interest, I didn’t have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premier League. This is a big day for me and my family.”
The Swiss international is the second striker to sign for the club this summer following the purchase of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt for over €48 million. He is joining West Ham at a time when they need to fill the departures of Marko Arnautovic and former Liverpool flop Andy Carroll.
By adding Ajeti to their ranks, West Ham have made him the 28th Swiss player to have ever featured in the Premier League.