West Brom sign Egyptian  defender Ahmed Hegazi on a season-long loan


Egypt international Ahmed Hegazi has joined West Brom on a year-long loan deal.

Albion have been tracking the 26-year-old centre-half since his performances caught their eye during the African Nations Cup at the start of the year.

Hegazi has moved to the Hawthorns on a year-long loan but West Brom have the option to make it a permanent deal.

“We’re pleased he’s here, he’s a good addition. He’s got good pedigree and has played for some good clubs. Hopefully he’ll be a good signing for us,” Baggies boss Tony Pulis told the club’s official website.

“With it being a loan and, if he does well, we’ve already agreed a final deal. It’s really, really good for us.”

Hegazi has flown out to Hong Kong to link up with the West Brom squad ahead of their Premier League Asia Trophy game with Premier League rivals Leicester on Wednesday, although he will need international clearance to play in the tournament.

The Egyptian spent time with Italian club Fiorentina earlier in his career, only for injuries to hamper his progress. He returned to his homeland with Al Ahly, where he has spent the last two seasons.

Hal Robson-Kanu sign new  three-year deal at West Brom 

​West Bromwich Albion striker Hal Robson-Kanu has signed a three-year contract extension to keep him at the Premier League club until 2020.

The 28-year-old joined from Reading last August and scored three goals in 29 league games last season.

“It was a strong season and I want to build on the good work and contribute to a more successful future,” he said.

Albion, who finished 10th in the Premier League in 2016-17, begin the new season at home to Bournemouth.

Manager Tony Pulis has signed  striker Jay Rodriguez from  Southamptonthis summer and Robson-Kanu believes the new addition provides “vital competition”.

He added: “We want to be as competitive as possible and everyone will be pushing each other over the course of the season.”

West Brom sign Chinese striker Zhang Yuning from Vitesse Arnhem

​West Brom have signed Chinese striker Zhang Yuning from Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee.
He has agreed a three-year deal but has immediately been sent out on a two-year loan to German side Werder Bremen.

Zhang, 20, made his international debut in June 2016, scoring twice against Trinidad and Tobago, and has made nine appearances for Marcello Lippi’s side.
Zhang joined Vitesse from Hangzhou Greentown in 2015 and played alongside Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, scoring four goals in 27 Eredivisie appearances, and was part of the team which won the KNVB Cup last season.

West Brom said Zhang would not have been granted a work permit as China sit outside the top 50 in FIFA’s world rankings and saw the Bundesliga as ideal for his development as a player while admitting the signing was expected to “trigger unprecedented interest in the Far East” in the club.

The Baggies statement added that the deal “aligns strongly with the commercial strategy of Albion’s controlling shareholder Guochuan Lai in his efforts to grow the club’s profile in his homeland”.
“His progress will be the subject of great interest here at Albion but also in Germany and in China,” said Albion technical director Richard Garlick.
“Zhang will get the chance to further develop at Bremen, with whom we have an excellent relationship.

“He will be challenging for a place in a top European league and we will be monitoring his progress before reassessing his prospects at the end of the loan period. There is no doubt he has a lot of qualities which Bremen are well-positioned to grow and develop.

“His progress will be the subject of great interest here at Albion but also in Germany and in China. There is no doubt that there are commercial benefits that come with the deal but the primary target is to help develop one of the best young players in a booming corner of the football industry.”

West Brom sign Jay Rodriguez from Southampton 

West Brom have completed the signing of striker Jay Rodriguez from Southampton on a four-year contract.

Rodriguez has joined the Baggies for an initial £12m, with the deal potentially rising to £15m.

The Hawthorns side chose a novel way to announce his arrival – responding to a tweet from a fan asking if they had signed anyone yet, Albion replied with a four-second clip of Rodriguez saying “yes we have”.

The 27-year-old struggled with injuries after joining the Saints from boyhood club Burnley in 2012 and failed to secure a regular first-team place under former managers Ronald Koeman and Claude Puel.

He scored 35 goals in 126 appearances for Southampton, who are now managed by Mauricio Pellegrino, after spending five years at St Mary’s and becomes Tony Pulis’ first signing of the summer transfer window after West Brom had tried and failed to recruit him twice in the past.
“After one or two ‘near misses’ I’m absolutely buzzing to be here,” Rodriguez told the club’s website.

“The most important thing for any player is to be wanted – and Tony Pulis and Albion have made it clear just how much they have wanted me to join. That’s fantastic for any footballer to hear.

“I’m genuinely delighted to be joining a club of Albion’s stature. The team is full of top players and it’s pretty clear that they are also a great set of lads.”