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West Brom sign “one of the biggest names in Chinese football”

West Bromwich Albion have signed Chinese international striker Yuning Zhang from Vitesse Arnhem.

Zhang has signed on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 20-year-old, who has been capped nine times by China at senior level, will spend next two seasons on loan in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

West Brom, who have Chinese owners, are hopeful that Zhang will eventually be able to make an impact in the Premier League, describing the starlet as “one of the biggest names in Chinese football”, as reported by the club’s official website.

Richard Garlick, Albion’s Director of Football Administration, said: “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.”

Zhang scored three goals in 26 league games for Vitesse Arnhem and will now hope to prove that can thrive in the Bundesliga.

Last year West Brom were sold to a Chinese investment group owned by entrepreneur Guochuan Lai.

Zhang becomes West Brom’s second major signing of this transfer window after they completed a deal to bring in fellow attacker Jay Rodriguez from Southampton.

The Baggies managed to secure a top ten finish in the Premier League last season and will be looking to repeat that feat next campaign.

 

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