Done Deal: Nicolas Anelka Signs for West Bromwich Albion

Veteran French ace links up with the Baggies.

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West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of former Chelsea and Arsenal striker Nicolas Anelka by securing him to a one year deal, Sky Sports reports.

The 34-year-old returns to the Premier League after a short unsuccessful spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua. He left for Juventus during the January transfer window where he helped the club to the Scudetto and he has now linked up with the Midlands side after his deal in Turin expired.

Albion boss Steve Clarke coached the French international briefly back in 2008 and he spoke of his delight at being able to bring somebody in capable of replacing last season’s top scorer Romelu Lukaku, what has now returned to Chelsea.

“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.

“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.”

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