Albion new-boy Victor Anichebe today revealed how Hawthorns outcast Peter Odemwingie convinced him to make his big-money deadline-day switch from Everton.
Anichebe said past discussions with his fellow Nigeria international persuaded him to make the move after 15 years at Goodison Park.
Odemwingie finally ended his Hawthorns nightmare on Monday with a £2.5m transfer to Cardiff after a major bust-up with Baggies officials, just as Anichebe completed a move that could cost £6m.
The 25-year-old said: “I’ve spoken to Peter in the past and, no matter what people say about him, he has always had good words to say about the club
“He has always said what a good club it is – a family club. Hopefully I can help the club by playing well for them and I’m happy to be here.”
And Anichebe believes Albion could see the best years of his career after he enjoyed his finest spell at Everton at the end of last season.
He netted eight times for the Toffees last term – his top return in the first team.
And he said: “Hopefully West Brom is where everyone will see the best of me.
“I think people started to see what I can do last season, when I chipped in with some goals and had some consistent performances.
“I was a consistent performer and played most of the goals so hopefully I can carry that on into this season and do well for West Brom.”
Anichebe made his move to Albion as former Baggies loanee Romelu Lukaku signed for Everton to replace him. Lukaku chose a season-long switch to Merseyside despite strong interest from Albion in re-signing him after his 17 goals for them.
Lukaku said: “It was a crazy evening. Different clubs called me and I had to take the right decision. Roberto Martinez (Everton manager) called me for 30 minutes and explained what he expects from me.
“I decided that Everton was the best choice – a more prominent club than West Brom, where I had a good time.”