West Ham have announced their first signing of the summer with the capture of Spanish goalkeeper Roberto on a free transfer.

The 33-year-old’s will join the Hammers on a two-year deal on July 1 after his contract with Espanyol expires, with the London Stadium club having the option to extend his contract by a further 12 months.

Roberto was limited to just six appearances this season, all in the Copa Del Rey, having been on loan at Malaga the year before. Previously he spent three seasons at Olympiakos, after initially moving on loan from Athletico Madrid and prior to that he was a regular at Real Zaragoza.

“From the beginning when I knew I was going to come here, I was very excited about the new experience," the keeper told West Ham’s website. "I consider this step a big step in my career. I think everyone who follows football knows the importance of this club, so I’m really excited.

“I am looking forward to playing in the Premier League, of course. It’s a big challenge as I consider this to be one of the two best and biggest leagues in the world, with our league in Spain, and I think it’s a dream for every player to come here and play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Hammers director of football Mario Husillos previously worked with Roberto at Malaga and said: "He is a fantastic goalkeeper, who has a great deal of experience in football, having played at the highest level.

“During his time at Olympiakos, I spoke regularly with the coaches and many of them spoke about Roberto as one of the biggest goalkeepers in the history of the club.

“He is at a brilliant age for a goalkeeper, and we are extremely happy to bring him to West Ham United. He is a brilliant professional and a brilliant person. He has all the qualities to play in the Premier League and be very successful.”