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His British debut may have been as a substitute against Norwich City, but West Ham Israeli footballer Yanav Katan is looking forward to playing more for the team he joined officially at the start of January.
With a three and a half year contract, the former Maccabi Haifa team player born in Kiryat Ata has joined fellow Israeli Yossi Benayoun at the Hammers.
The signing was for £100,000 which may prove to be a great bargain for the east London-based team and 24-year-old Katan is looking forward to his time with Benayoun and the rest of the squad.
"It is fantastic for me that Yossi is here," Yaniv told West Ham's website. "Yossi has told me a lot about West Ham, he said that everyone at the club is very nice, the players are all good friends and that the supporters are fantastic. Of course, Yossi is one of the big reasons I came to West Ham and now I am just looking forward to being able to train with him and the rest of my team mates."
At Maccabi Haifa, Katan has the distinction of scoring twice against Manchester United and he's looking forward to the opportunity to play against Man Utd as well as other Premier League teams.
"I realise that I'll be playing clubs like Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea soon, so I have tons of motivation," he says.
5 Katan facts:
1. He made his international debut for Israel against Hungary in June 2000.
2. He has scored four goals in 20 matches for Israel.
3. He was born January 27 1981.
4. In his youth team, he once scored 10 goals in a single game.
5. He started plating for Maccabi Haifa youth as a nine year old.