Hammers snap up Walsall keeper
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 30-year-old was out of contract in the summer with The Saddlers, who were relegated to the Second Division last season.
Walker began his career with Notts County in 1991 before joining Walsall on a free transfer prior to the start of the 2003/04 campaign.
Hammers' Paul Aldridge believes the capture of Walker will be a key arrival as the club look to bounce back from their play-off final heartache.
"He is an important first signing of the close-season for the club and will be a valuable asset to the squad," said Aldridge.
Meanwhile, West Ham have been quick to deny that the club need to renegotiate Bobby Zamora, Nigel Reo-Coker and Matthew Etherington's contracts.
It had been feared the trio might depart Upton Park, however, Aldridge has revealed they are all on long-term deals.
"These three players are less than one year into long-term contracts, so speculation that the club has to renegotiate due to these contracts coming to an end is not the case," he added.
"Alan Pardew has made it abundantly clear that these three players remain a vital part of his squad and promotion plans for next season.
"The club has received a number of inquiries regarding these players since the end of the season, all of which have been rejected."