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West Ham signs Downing from Liverpool

West Ham United announced Tuesday that it has signed England international Stewart Downing from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

Downing, 29, has signed a four-year contract with the Hammers and follows striker Andy Carroll in making the switch from Anfield to Upton Park.

"I'm very excited. It's a great opportunity for me being here, it's a great club and I'm really excited to get going," Downing told the club's official website. "I'm ready and I'm fit for the first game against Cardiff City (on Saturday). I've played a decent few games for Liverpool in preseason, so there will be no problems on that front."

Downing is the fifth player to join West Ham this summer after Carroll, Romania captain Razvan Rat, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian and midfielder Danny Whitehead all made the move to the east London club.