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Thievy: I'll show who I am

Forward relishing dream move to Albion

THIEVY Bifouma last night sealed a dream move to Albion – and declared: “Now I’m ready to show people who Thievy is.”

The France Under-21 international, whose transfer remains subject to international clearance, put pen to paper on a loan deal from Espanyol, with a view to a permanent switch.

And the pacey forward, who likes to be known as Thievy, is relishing the opportunity the Baggies have handed him in the Barclays Premier League.

“I am very happy to be here and I will do my best,” he said.

“I have always loved English football.

“I spoke to some English players and also the head coach.

“I felt I was on the same wavelength as the head coach – and here I am.

“My style is very direct and very attacking and I have a very English style of play.

“It’s a dream for me to play in England.

“It has been a difficult day but sometimes in life you have to wait and be patient.

“I spent 20 days with an uncertain future wanting to play.

“Now I’m ready to show people who Thievy is.”

The 21-year-old opted for the No.50 shirt – but insisted there is no significance behind the number for him.

He stated his desire to learn quickly after spending the last four years in Spain, where he has also become renowned for his unusual haircuts.

“Shirt No.50 has no particular significance for me,” he added.

“Every day I will learn something new and every day has its moments.

“I just love football.

“I think my mother wanted a girl, so when I was younger she would try different things with my hair!”