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West Ham sign former Fulham forward Petric

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September 10, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Mladen Petric spent a year at Fulham, where he scored five goals © Getty Images
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West Ham United have signed Croatia international forward Mladen Petric on a season-long deal.

Petric had been a free agent all summer following his release from Fulham after just a year at Craven Cottage, where he scored five goals including two on his debut in the 5-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers.

The 32-year-old came to England following spells at German clubs Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg.

"I'm very happy, excited and looking forward to training with the team and to the first game," Petric told the club's official website. "I know [the Premier League] and I'm happy to be back in the Premier League, because it's a fantastic league and I'm really looking forward to being part of this team and this club.

"There are a lot of good players here and I'm happy to be part of such a good team and I hope we can all celebrate my first goal for West Ham as soon as possible.

"I didn't speak to [Hammers manager] Sam [Allardyce] until today but I've heard a lot about him and I spoke to Guy Demel, who I know from my time at Hamburg and I'm sure I'll have a good time here.

"I remember playing at West Ham last year and it was a very tough game for us at Fulham. I think we lost 3-0. It's not easy to come here [as the away side] and take points away."

Petric moves to Upton Park after the planned re-signing of former West Ham striker Carlton Cole did not materialise. Cole failed a medical just months after being released by the club.

The announcement follows news that fellow West Ham striker Andy Carroll could be sidelined until the end of the year after sustaining a foot injury on return to training.

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