West Brom confirm another signing as transfer target makes this big decision
West Bromwich Albion have announced the signing of Semi Ajayi from Rotherham United.
The 25-year-old has joined on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee,
His arrival follows the announcement of Kenneth Zohore from Cardiff.
The 6ft 5in defender can also play in a defensive midfielder role, he will wear the number 6 shirt.
This is what he had to say after the deal was announced.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “I want to play at the highest level and I have joined a club with the ambition to get there.
“I want to play my part in helping the team get promoted because that is definitely the target.”
West Bromwich Albion transfer target Matheus Pereira is set to leave Sporting this summer, according to reports in Portugal.
Portuguese news outlet Record (via Sport Witness ) have said that Sporting have fielded a number of offers for the Brazilian winger and both parties have now agreed that a departure is in the best interest of the player.
Albion have already tabled a bid for the 23-year-old which is believed to be a loan deal with an option to sign for €9m next summer. This deal would also see the Baggies pay the Portuguese club €300k up-front with a further €300k should they achieve the promotion.
Despite being ‘far from the demands’ of the club, Record had initially suggested that this was the best bid Sporting had received for the player, who was open to the idea of following in the footsteps of Filip Krovinovic who left the Primeira Liga for The Hawthorns.
Mini match report
West Bromwich Albion thumped Scunthorpe United 4-0 at Glanford Park to secure their first win under new boss Slaven Bilic.
Bilic’s first game ended in defeat to Villarreal last weekend but a second half goal blitz ensured Albion’s trip to Glanford Park was a successful one.
Matt Phillips notched a brace, new signing Filip Krovinovic scored on his debut and Hal Robson-Kanu added a fourth after stepping off the bench.
Three of the Baggies’ four goals arrived within six minutes of the restart with Bilic’s words in the dressing room at half-time clearly having the desired effect.
In addition to Krovinovic, Bilic also handed debuts to new boys Semi Ajayi and Kenneth Zohore, who both joined in the last two days from Rotherham and Cardiff City respectively.
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‘I’ll follow him’
As Slaven Bilic stepped off West Bromwich Albion’s team coach at Glanford Park on Saturday afternoon he was inundated with selfie requests and notepads to sign.
But once the Croatian had satisfied his adoring new public, a cockney accent from behind the crowd grabbed his attention. “Slaven.”
Bilic looked up from the paper he was scribbling on and smiled. The voice in question belongs to Danny Grint, a West Ham United supporter who goes way back with Albion’s new boss.
When Danny, now 26, was just six months old his parents discovered he had cancer in his back. In what was a time of struggle for Danny and his family Bilic – a West Ham player at the time – offered support beyond his ability to make the Hammer happy on a Saturday afternoon.
“I came up today because I’m very good friends with Slaven,” Danny told BirminghamLive. “I’m a West Ham fan, hence how I know him.
“I had cancer when I was a baby, in my back. He said to my mum and dad that he’d come and see me in hospital. I was at Chelsea and Westminster (hospital) and he lived down the road at Chelsea harbour. Everyone was like, ‘Yeah, yeah…’ but he did turn up, quite a few times, and they kept in contact.”