Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Popov keen for longer stay

Goran Popov hopes to prolong his Baggies stay past this season

New West Brom defender Goran Popov is hoping he can turn his loan deal at the Hawthorns into a more permanent move next summer.

The 27-year-old has signed for Steve Clarke's side on a season-long loan deal from Dynamo Kiev and will be competing with Liam Ridgewell for the left-back slot.

Despite not yet making an appearance for his new club, the former Heerenveen defender is hoping to prolong his stay in England. He said: "I hope after this one year I will sign for two or three more."

Popov added: "Dynamo usually finishes first or second in Ukraine and as I have a three-year contract there I know - if I go back - I'll be able to play Champions League football.

"But I will only have one chance to come to England and I want to use it because I always dreamed of it."

Popov, who has 41 caps for Macedonia, has been a long-term target for the Baggies and is pleased to have finally made the move to the West Midlands.

"I know that West Bromwich wanted me two or three years ago when I was playing in Holland," he told the Birmingham Post.

"When I heard they wanted me a second time I said 'this is a good chance for me to show what I can do' - I'm so happy to sign for West Bromwich."

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