Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday July 23 2007
Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has completed a £3Million switch to West Ham United.
The 30-year-old Swedish international spent 9 years at Arsenal after moving from Halmstads in 1998.
Fiorentina and Machester City also expressed an interest in Freddie, but West Ham have won the race to sign him.
It's interesting that this has happened only 10 days after Ljungberg's agent ruled out a move to another Premiership club.
At the time Claes Elefalk told TT:'I haven't talked to Fredrik about that (interest), but he has earlier said that due to his respect for the Arsenal fans he can't play for another English club.'
Freddie had fallen out of favour with Arsene Wenger, and was likely to start next season as 4th choice winger behind Hleb, Rosicky and Walcott.
West Ham are only Ljungberg's third club since he started in football 25 years ago. He signed for Halmstads as a 5-year-old, moved to Arsenal some 16 years later, where he has spent the last 9 years.
Speaking to Sky Sports News during the press confrence Freddie said: 'I'm coming here because I want to build a great team.
'And why I want to join is because of Magnusson. He wants to bring them forward to be top of the country.
'He's willing to go to the transfer market to buy top players and mix them with youth players. West Ham have a great academy.
'He wants to help take the club up and take them to the top in England. It's a big challenge for me.'
All the best Freddie.
The exciting aspect of this transfer for Arsenal fans is the fact that Freddie will have to be replaced...but by who?
Date:Monday July 23 2007
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