Inter Milan striker Luis Jiminez has joined Premier League side West Ham United on a season long loan.

The 25 year old Chilean international is the Hammer’s first major signing of the summer and the deal will be completed on 1st July provided the player passes a medical.

Jimenez made his name in Italy at Serie B side Ternana, where he scored 25 goals in 88 league appearances between 2002 and 2007.

Short spells at Fiorentina and Lazio followed before a loan spell at the Nerazzurri was made permanent in the summer of 2008.

Meanwhile Birmingham City have signed Manchester City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart, also on a season-long loan deal.

Hart, who is currently representing England’s Under 21’s in the European Championships in Sweden, lost his place at Eastlands following the arrival of Shay Given from Newcastle United.

City agreed to the move after signing Aston Villa keeper Stuart Taylor as Hart’s replacement.

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