Cape Town - West Ham have announced that Swiss teenager Noha Sylvestre has signed his first professional deal with the Premier League club.
The 18-year-old has graduated from the Hammers academy after starring for their development team as an aggressive holding midfielder, officially putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.
"It's like a dream for me," Sylvestre told the club's official website.
"It's a dream for everyone who plays football to get a professional contract but the hardest thing now is to keep going and pushing and working hard.
"I've enjoyed my time here so far very much because as soon as I joined, I felt really comfortable with my team-mates and everyone at the club and it's a big family for me. That's why my football has been good as well.
"My target next season is to play every game for the U21s and get my place in that team, and then you never know. Why not go with the first team a couple of times and train with them if I can? I want to do as well as possible."