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Anelka seals West Brom move

West Brom have completed the signing of free agent Nicolas Anelka.

Last Updated: 05/07/13 at 06:43 Post Comment

Nicolas Anelka: Joins his sixth English club

Nicolas Anelka: Joins his sixth English club

The French striker returns to the Premier League on a 12-month contract following an unhappy year in Chinese football and a short spell in Italy, and Albion have the option of awarding him a further year's deal next summer.

Anelka, 34, left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012 but joined Juventus during this year's transfer window.

A move to The Hawthorns reunites him with Steve Clarke, the Albion boss who coached him briefly at Chelsea in 2008.

Clarke, who has seen last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku return to parent club Chelsea, said: "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."

Anelka, 34, has played for 10 clubs in his career and Albion are his sixth in England.

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T

his isn't directed at Van Gaal in particular, but, let's be honest, you don't have to be a tactical genius to beat Arsenal at the moment do you? I will say one thing...he put Van Persie on Monreal deliberately? Our Robin hardly had a touch did he? So did that really work? Hmmm....I'd stick to substituting Keepers (yes,yes, it was directed towards him in the end....)

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hat a load of Bull***t. DiMaria hardly had a kick and they won because of a dodgy offside and a breakaway goal when Arsenal were chasing. Good luck to them they got their points but to try and claim this as some sort of tactical masterstroke is laughable, It was luck pure and simple.

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he singular most disappointing aspect of the current malaise that Liverpool are experiencing is that F365 are not able to use the picture of Rodgers giving his troll smile. Brendan does a helluva good Hard Done By range though, especially in the rain, in fact he looks so forlorn you just want to say to the opposition Stop It, You're Killing Him!

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