Compared to some of the signings we've had to put up in recent years, it's with some excitement I welcome Thomas Hitzlsperger to Upton Park. The 28 year old German has signed on a free after a brief, seemingly un-successful spell at Lazio. He has good pedigree and is a solid performer in the middle of the park. I would imagine this move will see one or more of Kovac, Behrami or Noble leaving shortly, as central midfield is a place where we have a few options. But this is a positive signing and with a couple more sensible ones, we can start to feel opitmistic again in the East End.