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All Whites hero Winston joins Hammers

Winston Reid is aiming to bring a bit of World Cup magic to West Ham after completing his move from Danish side FC Midtjylland.

New Zealand defender Reid last night signed a three-year contract at Upton Park after the Hammers agreed an undisclosed fee for the 22-year-old.

Reid helped make his country one of the stories of this summer's World Cup when the All Whites secured surprise group stage draws with Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.

The defender, who scored a last-gasp equaliser in their opener against Slovakia, said: "The World Cup was a life-changing experience and something I will remember forever. I want to bring the positives from that on the pitch at West Ham.

"This club has a great history and the league is one of the best in the world. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Reid is the Hammers' fifth summer signing, following Thomas Hitzlsperger, Pablo Barrera, Frederic Piquionne and Tal Ben Haim.

Reid, who can play centre-half or right-back, spent the past five seasons with Midtjylland and cannot wait to test himself in the Premier League. "My dream has been to come and play in the Premier League."