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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 03:27 6th August 2014

ALBION have completed the signing of Cristian Gamboa after the Costa Rica international had his work permit application approved by an FA appeal panel on August 5, 2014.

The Baggies beat off strong competition to sign the World Cup star, who joined for an undisclosed fee from Norwegian side Rosenborg.

The pacy and versatile right-sided defender, who can also play wide midfield, penned a three-year deal.

Gamboa started all five of Costa Rica’s 2014 World Cup matches as the Central American side topped Group D and progressed to the quarter-finals, eventually losing out to the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out.

Gamboa started his career in his homeland with Municipal Liberia, winning his native league title in 2009, before moving to Norway in 2010 to sign for Fredrikstad.

After just one season he was snapped up by FC Copenhagen, for whom he tasted Europa League football in 2011/12 and helped lift the Danish Cup.

In the summer of 2012, Gamboa returned to Norway to link up with Rosenborg on loan.

He impressed suitably enough to be handed a permanent contract in November 2012, helping the Norwegian outfit to third and second-placed league finishes as well as again tasting Europa League action.

Gamboa was part of the Costa Rica team who finished in fourth place at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, before making his senior international debut against Argentina in 2010.

Beforre joining Albion he had earned 30 caps for his nation, scoring once in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Guyana.