Done deal - West Brom complete £7m signing of Kieran Gibbs
Albion have completed the £7m signing of defender Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal.
The 27-year-old has put joined on a four-year contract and plugged the gap at left-back that Tony Pulis has needed filling for the past two seasons.
The Baggies swooped for Gibbs at the start of this week after his £7m move to Watford fell through.
They had walked away from talks with Arsenal earlier in the summer because the Gunners wanted £12m for the England international, but returned once they had lowered their asking price.
"We've now got a deal which I think is right for the club and I'm really pleased to add a player of this quality and experience to our group,” said Pulis.
"Kieran's a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience.
"To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we're looking for.”
Gibbs has grown frustrated at Arsenal in recent years and was bumped down to third-choice left-back this summer following the signing of Sead Kolasinac.
He’s been at Arsenal since he was 14-years-old and has spent most of his career working under Arsene Wenger, but is now looking forward the developing his game under a ‘different’ manager in Tony Pulis.
"I spoke to him and have always been impressed by him and how he goes about his work," said Kieran.
"He's different to what I've had before and I feel he can develop me in certain areas I may be need work on. He can help me progress."
Gibbs is the fifth player to be added to the Baggies squad this summer, following the arrivals of £12m forward Jay Rodriguez, Egyptian loanee Ahmed Hegazi, veteran midfielder Gareth Barry, and £15m winger Oliver Burke.
Chairman John Williams said: "I'm delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level. We are confident he will do well for us."
Gibbs has 10 England caps, and becomes the first recognised left-back Pulis has permanently signed at the club since bombing out Sebastien Pocognoli two and a half years ago.
Over the past two seasons he has played Chris Brunt, Allan Nyom, Jonny Evans and James McClean out of position at left-back.
Albion’s coaching staff are confident Gibbs will provide them an attacking threat on the left while developing his discipline in defence.
“He’s got a lot of experience at the highest level with Arsenal and in European football,” said first-team coach Gerry Francis. “He’s very good going forward, I think we’ll work hard with him and turn him into a better player defensively.”
The Baggies are hoping to sign a central midfielder before the window shuts tomorrow night, and are currently attempting to bring Grzegorz Krychowiak in on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.