Reece Burke completes transfer from West Ham United to Hull City

10 Jul

Hull City have completed the signing of Reece Burke from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.

Burke, 22, is the club’s third signing of the summer and follows David Milinkovic and Eric Lichaj to the KCOM Stadium.

“I’m over the moon to have signed for Hull City,” Burke told the club’s official website.

Hull are in Portugal where the players are preapring for the new season and the defender has flown out to join up with the first team squad on the Algarve.

“I enjoy playing football and I see this move as a big opportunity for me. I’ve had a good chat with the head coach and I know that the club were really keen to bring me here. That is a nice feeling to have.”

Burke came through the academy at West Ham

The East Londoner joined the club aged nine and played five Premier League appearances before being sent on loan to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford.

The arrival of club-record signing Issa Diop for £24 million has pushed him further down the pecking order.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard to return to West Ham for academy graduate Reece Burke

9 Jul

Frank Lampard will return to his boyhood club West Ham to try and nab Reece Burke.

New Derby manager Lampard has come in at the eleventh hour in a bid to pip Championship rivals Hull City to the Hammers academy graduate.

Burke has been at West Ham since he was nine

Centre-back Burke, 21, was all set to join Hull for £1.5million on Monday after leaving West Ham’s pre-season training camp in Switzerland to fly home for a medical.

Derby, though, have made an improved offer and West Ham fan Burke is also tempted by Lampard’s club connection.

Lampard also came through West Ham’s academy before joining Chelsea, while his dad, Frank senior played more than 500 times for the Hammers.

Burke would be Lampard’s biggest signing so far having taken the job in May and has already snapped up former Arsenal forward Aaron Eyoma on a free transfer.

Burke is reluctantly quitting West Ham after being told his appearances would be limited under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The East Londoner joined the club aged nine and played five Premier League appearances before being sent on loan to Wigan, Bolton and Bradford.

The arrival of club-record signing Issa Diop for £24 million has pushed him further down the pecking order.