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UPDATED 03:41 26th August 2014

ALBION recruited FC Porto winger Silvestre Varela on a season-long loan in August 2014.

The pacey Portugal international became the Baggies’ tenth summer signing.

The right-sided player arrived in the Black Country boasting an impressive Primeira Liga record of 30 goals in 115 starts.

He had won 26 caps for his country and scored five times before joining the Baggies. He can also play on the left.

Varela, who rose through the international ranks from Under-19s level, netted twice in qualifying to help Portugal reach the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, where he came off the bench to score a last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 Group G draw with the USA.

Varela came through Sporting Clube de Portugal’s youth system, making his senior debut in August 2003 before loans spells at Casa Pia, Vitoria Setubal and Recreativo Huelvo.

He made a permanent move to Estrela Amadora in summer 2008 before sealing a switch to Porto the following year.

His best season for the Portuguese giants came in 2010/11 when he scored ten goals in 26 league appearances under then-manager Andre Villas Boas to help secure the first of three successive titles.

During the same campaign, he also netted in a 6-2 rout of Vitoria Guimaraes to win the Taca de Portugal cup for the second time and scored in the quarter-final first leg against Spartak Moscow en route to winning the Europa League.

Varela also has a wealth of Champions League experience, with his three goals at that level coming in wins over Arsenal, Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Zagreb.