West Ham United have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper David Martin from bitter rivals Millwall, per the club’s official website.
Martin moves on a two-year deal, with the Irons holding the option to extend it by a further year should they wish.
The 33-year-old has a familial connection with the east London club, despite playing for Millwall since 2017; his father, Alvin, was a Hammers legend.
Martin subsequently becomes West Ham’s second signing of the summer following the club agreeing a deal to sign Roberto from Espanyol. Roberto is also a goalkeeper.
And the former Lions stopper, who is perhaps best known for his seven-year spell at MK Dons, is excited to get to work at the London Stadium.
He said: “Signing for West Ham United is a dream, both for me and my family,” Martin told whufc.com. “I’ve grown up around West Ham and to come to my boyhood club is a dream.
“I came to games as a kid as one of the supporters in the stands at the Boleyn Ground. I loved watching my Dad play, and I’ve continued coming to games throughout my career.
“You can see the impact the fans can have on the team and it gives you goosebumps. The fans at West Ham are brilliant and it’s fantastic to be a part of this great club.”
West Ham are scraping the barrel somewhat with this deal but the fact remains that Martin is unlikely to play all that much.
Indeed, he barely made it into the Millwall team in 2018-19, making just 11 appearances in all competitions.
His first outing for the club in the Championship came in March, in a 2-0 win over Birmingham City.
He is experienced, though, and he will add depth to a position in need of strengthening; Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, after all, is set to depart the club once his contract expires this summer.
Bringing in Martin as a replacement, though, is hardly setting the world alight.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini had better hope that first-choice stopper Lukasz Fabianski does not pick up any injuries.