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Downing leaves Liverpool for West Ham

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Liverpool's English winger Stewart Downing pictured during a Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on March 10, 2013. West Ham United on Tuesday announced the signing of England international Downing from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. (AFP/File)

West Ham United on Tuesday announced the signing of England international winger Stewart Downing from Premier League rivals Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

Downing, 29, has signed a four-year contract with the east London club and follows striker Andy Carroll in moving from Liverpool 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 pre-season, so there will be no problems on that front."

The left-footed wide player becomes West Ham manager Sam Allardyce's fifth new signing of the close season, after Carroll, Romania captain Razvan Rat, Spanish goalkeeper Adrian and midfielder Danny Whitehead.