SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 15: Balbuena (L0 of Corinthians and Pablo of Atletico PR in action during the match between Corinthians and Atletico PR for the Brasileirao Series A 2017 at Arena Corinthians Stadium on July 15, 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Balbuena; Pablo

Paraguay defender Fabian Balbuena is the latest in a flurry of signings for West Ham this summer and he is aiming to follow Carlos Tevez example at the club.

Balbuena is the 6th man to join the Hammers during the current transfer window, joining after two seasons spent with Corithinans in Brazil.

 

The last player to move to West Ham from the Brazilian giants was none other than the former Manchester United and City striker Carlos Tevez, who burst onto the Premier League scene at Upton Park and became a fan favourite overnight.

Speaking to the official club website, Balbuena said: “The South Americans that played here have always left a good impression, like both Tevez and [Javier] Mascherano,”

“So this means West Ham is known in South America. So, when South Americans come here and play well they leave an impression, and I hope I can do the same.”

The 26-year-old centre back was an integral part of the Corinthians side that won 3 trophies over the last two seasons and he has now set his sights on conquering the Premier League.

“We all know that the Premier League is the best league in the world and all players want to play here, so because of this I’m really motivated,” Balbuena added.

“Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team. I know the Club’s history; that it was a London team with a lot of tradition. This was one of the reasons why I came here, because of the Club’s history within England.”