Former Latic on his way to the Hawthorns.
Versatile former Wigan player Paul Scharner has signed with West Brom on a two-year deal, the club has announced.
Austria international Scharner, who has been captured chiefly to bolster the Baggies’ options in central midfield, completed the free transfer after passing a Hawthorns medical on Monday.
The 30-year-old had been a free agent since departing the DW Stadium at the end of last season after his contract there expired, and last played during Wigan’s final match of the campaign at Chelsea.
The newly-promoted Midlands club claim to have fended off competition from rival Premier League clubs for Scharner’s signature, and manager Roberto Di Matteo is thrilled to complete his ninth permanent signing of the summer.
“I’m delighted to welcome Paul to the club,” Di Matteo told Albion’s official website.
“He is exactly the type of player we’ve been looking to bring in because he is a proven Premier League player, having performed consistently well in the top flight for the past four-and-a-half years.” (Sky Sports)
Paul Scharner is very much the type of player who is not great at any one particular aspect of the game he is however very able at putting in a measured and determined performance in a number of positions and is a handy player to have around, hence Roberto Di Matteo’s push to sign up the former Wigan man.
The Austrian international had four and half consistent seasons at the DW Stadium and didn’t miss too many games such was his importance to the Latics. He could well be the type of player that helps keeps the Baggies above the drop zone come May.