West Ham sign Nene on free transfer

West Ham United have signed former Paris Saint-Germain forward Nene on a contract until the end of the season.

Nene, 33, was available on a free transfer after leaving Qatar outfit Al-Gharafa in January and bolsters a West Ham attack that had been depleted following the loss of Andy Carroll to injury.

Nene told the West Ham official website: "I am very excited and happy to be here. I'm proud to come to a really big club like West Ham and I'm going to do my best to help the team. I've been thinking about coming back to Europe for a few months because here the football, the ambience, everything is better.

"It's a really good challenge for me, to come to a competition like the Premier League. It's the most competitive in the world so this is the motivation for me."

He added: "I like to get on the ball and show my technique. I like taking free kicks, so practise to be good at that. I like making assists -- that is my real work, to make the final pass to put the striker in a good position to score the goals."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce also has Carlton Cole and summer signings Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho as attacking options.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.