West Ham United have signed winger Maxwel Cornet from Burnley for £17.5m.
Cornet arrived in the Premier League in late August 2021 after Burnley signed him from Lyon, with the Ivory Coast international eventually scoring nine goals in 28 appearances as the Clarets suffered relegation at end of last season.
West Ham have consequently swooped for the 25 year-old to boost their attacking selection following the arrival of Gianluca Scamacca last month, with Cornet signing a five-year contract with option for one further season.
“It’s a new step for me to join this big Club and I’m really happy to be here, to be part of the project for the Club. I’m just excited to start,” commented Cornet following his move to East London.
Expanding on why he has decided to depart Burnley to return to the Premier League with West Ham, Cornet added: “Everyone knows the level here in the Premier League is very high and I want to play here for that, so I’m really happy to be here for the next stage in my career.
“It will be amazing to play in front of 62,500 fans at London Stadium. I played here for Burnley last season and I can’t wait to experience it as a West Ham player.”
Manager, David Moyes meanwhile is “delighted” to sign Cornet as he added: “He is a versatile player with good experience, both in the Premier League and in European football, and will add strength and quality to our squad,” ahead of the new season.
On why he was keen to bring Cornet to East London, Moyes continued: “He made a big impact with his performances for Burnley last season and he has impressed me with his desire to improve and challenge himself further here at West Ham.”
Cornet will wear the number 14 shirt and isn’t expected to be available for selection against Manchester City on Sunday, meaning that his Hammers debut will likely be away to Nottingham Forest on Sunday 14 August at 2pm BST live on Sky Sports.