Bellamy completes move

Last updated : 20 January 2009 By Plymouth_hammer

Bellamy completed his medical at Eastlands yesterday and signed improved terms on a four-and -a-year deal.

Gianfranco Zola wished Bellamy well despite the way he engineered the move by refusing to train and play for the Hammers again after they rejected a transfer bid from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking to the official site he said, "I wish him all the best and I hope he does well and finds what he is looking for. I am very happy with what he has done for me and now he has decided to go somewhere else.

"We wanted to keep him but he wanted a new challenge and we respect that. For our fans, I can say again that we want to achieve a high level so we are looking for players that can help us make that happen."

West Ham's Chief Executive Scott Duxbury stopped short of promising Zola the entire fee for a replacement but did hint that they are looking at strikers.

"We wish Craig well for the future and thank him for his efforts. We had refused him permission to talk to Tottenham last week and were determined to keep him despite repeated interest from them and Manchester City. However, on Friday, he again made it clear to the manager and myself that he wanted to move on.

"Late on Sunday night, Gianfranco and I met and he said it was in the best interests to accept the player's request to leave and therefore Manchester City's bid. I agreed with this so that we could focus our energies on bringing in exciting players who want to play for the club and who will improve the squad."