McCarthy makes Hammers move

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Benni McCarthy has vowed to help West Ham stay up after completing his transfer from Blackburn.

Striker ready to lift Zola's men away from danger zone

Benni McCarthy has vowed to help new club West Ham maintain their Premier League status after completing his transfer from Blackburn. The South Africa striker, who has joined the Hammers for an undisclosed fee, is ready to put the final days of his Ewood Park career behind him after falling out with Rovers boss Sam Allardyce. McCarthy has scored four goals in 16 appearances for Allardyce's side this term, but had fallen out of favour at Ewood Park and made no secret of his desire to move on, going as far as to miss two training sessions last week. McCarthy is now targeting a first-team spot following his move after putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year contract. He told Sky Sports News: "Now I can just get back to playing and getting a place in the team. I am also looking forward to getting to know my new team-mates and help get the club out of a tough situation." The striker also admitted he was excited by manager Gianfranco Zola's vision for the future of the club.

No complaints

He added: "He has been great and has put my mind at ease on the kind of football the team will play and what I can expect at the club." McCarthy also refused to criticise Blackburn boss Allardyce over the increasingly limited role he played at the club in recent times. "I have no complaints about Blackburn. They did not play the kind of football that I wanted to play and so I couldn't play there," he said. "I never had a disagreement with the manager. I have always been respectful and he has always been up front with me. "I accepted his decision and it was clear that I needed a move and if I had stayed they would not have had a happy player. "I felt I served my time at Blackburn and I am sad that I never had the chance to say thanks to the fans as they have been brilliant to me."

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