West Ham United sign Pogatetz on loan

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Wolfsburg defender Emanuel Pogatetz on loan for the remainder of the season.

The versatile defender who can play anywhere across the backline returns to English football after previously spending time with Middlesbrough, and will join recent aquistions Joe Cole, Marouane Chamakh and Wellington Paulista at Upton Park this January.

The thirty-year oldĀ has 52 caps for Austria and will go straight into the Hammers squad for their match versus London rivals Fulham on Wednesday evening at Craven Cottage.

Pogatetz was delighted to move (speaking on the clubs official website): " I feel very good to be here and I am very excited about playing for West Ham."

"I am looking forward to the opportunity to play for the club and help it get good results."

"First of all when i heard that West Ham wanted me, I thought it was a club I wanted to play for because they are a very traditional club, with passionate supporters."