West Ham confirm Martinez capture

West Ham United have announced the signing of Spanish youngster Toni Martinez from Spanish outfit Valencia on a three-year contract.

The 18-year-old striker will officially become a Hammers player on 1 July 2016, but has been granted permission to link up with the Premier League outfit ahead of that date.

Martinez, who turns 19 in June, is often compared to compatriot Fernando Torres.

"I am a striker and usually get compared to Fernando Torres," he told West Ham's official website. "I am a striker, but I also like getting back and playing as part of the team.

"The Premier League is well considered across the world, and in Spain, we believe that it is one of the best leagues in the world.

"This is a fantastic opportunity and I am fulfilling a lifelong dream by signing for one of the big clubs in the Premier League."

He added: "I joined West Ham because of the progress that the club is making. The decision to come here was made because it is a brilliant opportunity to join an interesting club in the Premier League."

The deal could be worth as much as £2.4million, depending on the forward's progress in London. As part of the agreement between the two clubs, Valencia will have the right to first refusal if West Ham decide to sell the player.