Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Anelka signs for West Brom

Nicolas Anelka has signed for West Brom

West Brom have confirmed the signing of former France striker Nicolas Anelka.

The 34-year-old, who was a free agent, has signed an initial one-year contract at the Hawthorns.

The club confirmed on Twitter: "Albion have tonight completed the signing of @anelkaofficiel on a one-year deal, with a further year's option in the club's favour."

Baggies head coach Steve Clarke, who worked with Anelka for a short time at Chelsea, is delighted with the signing.

"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 told wba.co.uk.

"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."

The Baggies are Anelka's sixth Barclays Premier League club after he represented Arsenal, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea and had a spell on loan at Liverpool.