I'll repay Zola with loads of goals for West Ham, vows new Hammer Diego Tristan

Striker Diego Tristan is determined to repay Gianfranco Zola's faith in him by "scoring lots of goals" for  West Ham United.  

Former Spain international Tristan yesterday signed a permanent deal at Upton Park after impressing on a two-week trial.  

The 32-year-old, who becomes Zola's first signing as manager, had been a free agent after leaving Italian side Livorno.  

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Tristan told the club's website, whufc.com: "The manager has spent lots of time working with me.  

"He has helped me a lot and I want to say thanks to him by scoring lots of goals and doing well for the club.


"I am very grateful to the manager for giving me the opportunity to play here.  

"I have been really impressed from the moment I arrived at the training ground.  

"The coaching staff and the players have all helped me to settle in. I had a lot of offers to go to other countries and play for a lot of money but I feel that I still have lots to offer.  

"I want to show West Ham fans that I can still play at the highest level. That is why I am here."  

The striker, who won 15 caps for Spain between 2001 and 2004, also played for Deportivo La Coruna and Real Mallorca in his homeland.  

However, the 6ft 1in forward endured lean times at Livorno and scored just one goal in 20 appearances.  

He will be in contention to make his debut in Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Hull.  

Tristan added: "I have always been impressed by English football whenever I have played here.  

"The stadiums and the fans are great and it was always a dream of mine to come here and play.  

"Now my dream is going to become reality. I am at a great club and I want to see if I can help West Ham get into Europe and play at that level.  

"English football is very similar to Spanish in that it is very quick and technical.  

"There is more of an emphasis on attacking football so I will have more chances to score goals. 

"In Italy, it was more defensive, and not easy for forwards to get scoring opportunities. West Ham play the right way and that should help me to do well."