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English Premier League

West Brom sign China’s Zhang Yuning – and loan him out to Werder Bremen

The English Premier League club say they are making an investment in the future with the 20-year-old

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 July, 2017, 11:07pm
UPDATED : Monday, 03 July, 2017, 11:07pm

Chinese international striker Zhang Yuning signed for English Premier League side West Brom on Monday and was promptly loaned to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for two years.

The 20-year-old – who has been capped nine times at senior level – is according to the English club an investment for the long-term future.

“The Baggies have signed one of the nation’s brightest young football prospects, Zhang Yuning, in a ‘development project’ that they hope could one day see him make a Premier League breakthrough,” read a statement on the club website.

Zhang’s signing is subject to international clearance.

West Brom have also signed Jay Rodriguez from Premier League rivals Southampton, the England striker’s new club confirmed Sunday.

The 27-year-old has long been linked with a move to The Hawthorns and West Brom chose an unusual away to confirm the deal.

Responding to a tweet from a fan asking if they had signed anyone ahead of the new season, Midlands club Albion replied with a four-second clip of Rodriguez saying “yes we have”.