Lazio's Thomas Hitzlsperger has signed a three year deal with West Ham. The capture of the former Aston Villa player and German international represents Avram Grant's first signing since taking over as Hammers boss last week.

The 28-year-old only joined Lazio in January from Stuttgart, but despite that was unable to claim a place in Germany coach Joachim Low's 23-man squad for the finals in South Africa.

He will now turn his focus to his club career after accepting the opportunity to play in England for the second time.