West Ham confirmed Sunday they have signed rising French star Julien Faubert from Bordeaux.
The 23-year-old midfielder has penned a five-year contract worth £6.1 million (12 million dollars), becoming manager Alan Curbishley's second summer capture following the arrival of Scott Parker from Newcastle.
Club chairman Eggert Magnusson told the club's website: "I am delighted to welcome Julien to Upton Park and feel sure that he will become a very successful signing for the club.
"He is one of the most highly-rated young players in European football and many clubs were attempting to sign him, so we are very pleased that he has decided to join West Ham United.
"I have been very impressed by his desire and ambition and I think he will be very popular among our supporters."
Faubert had been angling for a move to Rangers in Scotland but Bordeaux rejected their offer, thought to be in the region of £4.5 million.
Bordeaux's new coach Laurent Blanc had wanted to keep the midfielder but president Jean-Louis Triaud earlier revealed he had accepted West Ham's bid.
Faubert's capture will help ease West Ham's pain on missing out on Darren Bent, who recently snubbed the club for Tottenham despite being offered better terms at Upton Park.
Faubert began his professional career at Cannes before joining Bordeaux three years ago. He helped the club finish runners up in the French championship in 2006, qualifying them for last season's Champions League.
His France debut came against Bosnia in August, and he marked the occasion with the winner in a 2-1 victory.
He was the first player to wear Les Bleus' No10 shirt since the retirement of the legendary Zinedine Zidane. As well as West Ham and Rangers, Roma were believed to be interested in acquiring the player.