Downing signs ahead of West Ham's season opener
Sam Allardyce has signed winger Stewart Downing ahead of Saturday's first game of the season against Cardiff at the Boleyn.
But the West Ham manager is likely to want for more bodies in before the transfer deadline as the Hammers look to build on the club's successful return to the Premier League last season.
Andy Carroll secured a permanent move from Liverpool to east London over the summer and on Tuesday Downing followed.
The England international, who joined the Reds from Aston Villa for £20million in 2011, signed for the Hammers for an undisclosed fee.
The former Middlesbrough player said he was fit and raring to go. "I've played a decent few games for Liverpool in pre-season, so there will be no problems on that front," he said.
"It's all happened quickly, but I'm really excited and hoping to play a part on Saturday."
Another player who has been linked from Anfield to Upton Park is Raheem Sterling, whose odds to make a loan move were slashed by bookmakers, but that was before the Downing deal was completed.
Striker Carlton Cole, who remains a free agent, left the club this summer, as did QPR-bound Gary O'Neil.
The departure of Cole has led Allardyce to continue his search for a replacement striker.
Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella is reportedly on the manager's radar and the Italian international would be a coup for the club.
Former Chelsea man Salomon Kalou is also being linked, although West Brom are also interested.
Other signings for the Hammers this summer have included Spanish goalkeeper Adrian from Real Betis and Romania national team captain Razvan Rat from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Allardyce said of the full-back: "He's been playing Champions League football this year and at the highest level for many years. Shakhtar had offered him a very good contract, but his ambition was to come and try his abilities and skills in England.
"When you hear somebody speak so positively about that, then you know they've got the mental character that's needed to do well in this division."
Cardiff, promoted as champions in a tough second tier last year, are expected to include former Irons star Craig Bellamy in Saturday's clash.
The Bluebirds have also been busy in the transfer market with key signings such as striker Andrew Cornelius from FC Copenhagen for £7.5million and young defender Steven Caulker from Tottenham joining.
Allardyce will be drumming into his players that Cardiff, managed by Malky Mackay, should not be underestimated.
West Ham v Cardiff City, Saturday, 3pm