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West Brom sign striker Nicolas Anelka

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West Brom have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Anelka on a one-year contract.

moreThe 34-year-old has agreed to return to the Premier League with the Baggies on a deal that includes an option for a further year in the club's favour.

The former Premier League golden boot winner finalised the move today after passing a medical at the Albion training ground.

Anelka, who was a free agent after leaving Italian champions Juventus at the end of last season, will wear his customary No.39 shirt for the Baggies.

He has won the Premier League title with Arsenal and Chelsea and the European Cup with Real Madrid and his former clubs also include Liverpool, Manchester City and Bolton.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke said: "We are missing a bit of firepower from last year – we're trying to put that right – and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club," he said.

"The sole focus at the club is trying to build on what we did last season.

"The more quality players you can bring to the club the better – and no-one can question Nicolas' quality.

"He's a player I have worked with before as I was at Chelsea when they signed him.

"He's got a great work ethic, looks after himself and is a consummate professional.

"If you add that to the obvious talent he's got I think he can prove to be a really top signing for the club.

"His experience with some of the top clubs in England and Europe will stand the group in good stead.

"Hopefully he will be able to inspire the other players to even greater heights than we managed to achieve last year."


Sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: "We've been in discussions with Nicolas and his representatives for a while, since we knew he was going to be a free agent.

"He's eager to come back to the Premier League, his CV speaks for itself, and he is in good physical shape.

"It says a lot about where we are as a club that we are able to attract players of his calibre."