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Hines: It was an easy decision to join Burnley
ZAVON Hines is ready to light up the Championship after completing his move to Burnley.
The 22-year-old last night signed a two-year at Turf Moor to become the second forward to be added to the squad this week, after Danny Ings completed his move from Bournemouth on Monday.
Both are expected to go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s visit of Cardiff City (kick-off 3pm), despite Hines waiting for his fee to be finalised by tribunal.
The England Under 21 international rejected a new deal at Upton Park in the summer, but his age means the Hammers are still entitled to compensation.
It is estimated his move will cost the Clarets around £250,000.
Hines, however, is just focusing on a “fresh start”.
“I’m looking forward to playing for Burnley. It’s all about me playing football now,” said the versatile striker, who underwent rigorous medical checks before his move was completed, after suffering two knee injuries in consecutive seasons and requiring surgery last year.
Hines, who was voted Young Hammer of the Year in 2009/10, passed a regulation medical on Tuesday before being sent for an in-depth scan and yesterday got the all-clear.
He added: “Burnley seems like a good club to me so it wasn’t really a hard decision to come here.
“I’m not a person who talks too much. I prefer to do it on the pitch, but I think I can do a lot in the Championship for Burnley.”
Hines, who scored on his senior West Ham debut, is a seen as a key component of manager Eddie Howe’s rebuilding project.
And as the Clarets boss pushes for their first league win of the new season, he believes it is only a matter of time before his team clicks into gear.
“We need that first win under our belts just to give us that confidence,” he said.
“In terms of performance I don't think we're far away. I genuinely believe it.
“In all the games we've had this season we've had moment where we've looked like a very good side, we've had moments where we think we can do better, but I don't think we're far away from clicking and getting our season going.”
Asked if Ings could make the starting XI tomorrow, Howe added: “I think he could do. In an ideal world I’d ease him in gently.
"I’m aware he’s only just turned 19, there’s a lot of improvement and development left in him.
“That’s not to say he can’t contribute at the moment but in terms of how many minutes he gets I think there certainly will be a settling in period.
“I think we’re going to have to be clever with him because I wouldn’t say he’s ready to play week in, week out.
“Tuesday was his first day and he settled in really well with the lads and showed in training that he’s certainly got ability.
“We’re pleased to have Danny. He’s got a really good character about him so I don’t think we’ll have any problems with him being part of the team.”
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