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DONE: West Brom sign Solomon Rondon

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Baggies break transfer record

West Brom have signed Solomon Rondon from Zenit St.Petersburg for a club record fee of around £12 million.

The Venezuela international joins Tony Pulis‘ side on a four year contract, after finally getting international clearance over the move.

He has spent the last three seasons in Russia at Rubin Kazan and Zenit, and becomes the second striker to join Albion in this window, after Rickie Lambert signed last month.

The 25 year old won’t be eligible to face Manchester City in tonight’s Monday Night Football, but is set to be in Pulis’ matchday squad to face Watford on Saturday.

Saido Berahino looks set to stay at the Hawthorns and partner Rondon, despite proposed interest from Manchester CityLiverpool and Tottenham.

This is what Rondon had to say after putting pen to paper: “I am very happy to be here.

“This is a new opportunity in my career. I can’t wait to be with the other players and to play.
 
“The club showed a lot of interest in me, that’s what is important for a player, what you take into account, and there are expectations of me.”

Rondon made his name at Malaga in the Champions League

Head Coach Tony Pulis was understandably delighted about the club pulling off the deal, for a player who has been tipped to play in the Premier League for some time.
“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,” says Pulis. “He’s 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.
“We hope he hits the ground running of course but understand it might take him time to settle. I’m sure our fans will help him and get behind him.
 
“But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it’s a deal worth doing.
“He comes highly recommended. I have spoken to Manuel (Pellegrini) and AVB (Andre Villas-Boas), who have worked with him, and they were full of praise for the lad. We are looking forward to working with him.”

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