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GORAN POPOV
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  • GORAN POPOV
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 10:40 6th September 2012

ALBION completed a last-minute deal for Macedonia international Goran Popov on Friday, August 31, 2012.

The Dynamo Kiev left-back joined on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent deal, after being granted a work permit.

The 27-year-old passed a Hawthorns medical and was handed the Baggies' No.4 shirt.

Popov became Albion’s sixth summer signing of 2012 and now provides strong competition for Liam Ridgewell after fellow left-backs Nicky Shorey and Joe Mattock departed the club at the end of last season.

Popov played for his country at Under-19s and Under-21s level and currently has 36 senior caps to his name.

His early career saw him at Greek side AEK Athens as an 18-year-old and, in 2004, he moved to Red Star Belgrade, where he got his first taste of Champions League football.

Injury prevented him from kicking on with the Serbian outfit and a short loan spell at Polish side Odra Wodzislaw Slaski followed before he returned to Greece in 2005, spending two seasons at Egaleo and one at Levadiakos.

The 6ft2in defender’s performances earned him a move to Heerenveen and he enjoyed his first taste of silverware in 2009 when he won the KNVB Cup, scoring the opener in the final against FC Twente.

He spent one more season with the Dutch top-flight side before making the switch to Ukranian giants Dynamo in 2010, where he bagged two league runners-up medals.

In total, Popov has made 169 career league appearances, including 15 as a substitute, scoring five goals.

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