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FC Porto winger Varela signed by West Brom

Silvestre Varela has been signed from FC Porto. Credit: Kiko Huesca/EFE/Press Association Images

Silvestre Varela, former-FC Porto winger, has been signed by West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.

He arrives in the Black Country boasting an impressive Primeira Liga record of 30 goals in 115 starts, having won 26 caps for his country and scored five times.

The 29-year-old can also play on the left and fans will be hoping he will increase Alan Irvine’s attacking options.

The Portuguese international becomes the Baggies’ tenth summer signing.

Silvestre is a vastly-experienced player, both with Porto and his national team, and I’m delighted we’ve managed to secure his services.

He’s got pace and power, gets his fair share of goals and is also a creator of chances for others.

He’s a fantastic addition to our squad.

– Alan Irvine

Chris Brunt signs new deal at West Bromwich Albion

Chris Brunt in action at The Hawthorns Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt has committed his future to the club after a signing a new deal.

Earlier this summer, the club decided to take up the option of keeping the midfielder for an extra 12 months, but the 29-year-old has now agreed to stay until 2017.

Brunt has made 249 appearances for West Brom after joining in August 2007. He was made captain in 2010, meaning current boss Alan Irvine is the fourth manager he has served under as skipper.

I'm delighted we have extended Chris' contract by a further two years.

He's our captain, has great quality and experience and is clearly a very, very important player for us.

Chris is an influential figure both on and off the pitch. He has the respect of all the players and staff and is a top class professional.

– Alan Irvine, WBA head coach


Brown Ideye to join up with WBA after visa issues sorted

Brown Ideye is joining West Brom from Dynamo Kiev Credit: PA

West Bromwich Albion's new record signing, Brown Ideye, has revealed on twitter that he will be joining the team "ASAP", after delays over his visa and work permit prevented him joining up with the team.

The 25-year-old joins the club from Dynamo Kiev on a three-year contract.

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Boost for West Bromwich Albion with summer signings

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Andre Wisdom from Liverpool on a season-long loan. The England Under-21 international will wear the No.2 shirt at the Hawthorns. Wisdom, who spent last season on loan at Derby County, will fly out to meet his new team-mates at the club's pre-season training camp in California.

Meanwhile, Ben Foster has signed a new four-year deal with the Baggies.

West Brom sign Brown Ideye for club record fee

Brown Ideye has signed from Dynamo Kiev Credit: PA

West Brom have announced the club-record signing of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth, and moves for an undisclosed fee in excess of that paid for Stephane Sessegnon when the midfielder moved from Sunderland last year.

Albion head coach, Alan Irvine, said:

Brown is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him.

He's a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.

Ideye has been handed the number nine shirt at the Hawthorns and will join up with the squad when they return from a pre-season training camp in California.

He scored 34 goals in three seasons in Ukraine, having previously played for Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax after starting his career in his homeland with Ocean Boys.

He has won 24 caps for Nigeria, scoring five times including in the semi-final as the Super Eagles won last year's African Nations Cup.

West Brom sign Belgium defender Pocognoli

Sebastien Pocognoli has signed from Hannover 96 Credit: West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Belgium international defender Sébastien Pocognoli from Hannover 96.

The 26-year-old left-back has become the Baggies’ fourth summer signing on an undisclosed fee. He has signed a three-year deal, plus a year’s option in the club’s favour, after agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.

Pocognoli, who has 12 Belgium caps, narrowly missed out on a place in his country’s Brazil-bound World Cup squad after injury saw him miss the final six weeks of last season.

The 6ft player has top-flight experience in Belgium, Holland and Germany following spells with Genk, AZ Alkmaar, Standard Liege and Hannover.

Pocognoli will meet his new team-mates for the first time when he reports for pre-season training on Monday.

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