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Albion sign Burke

ALBION today welcome exciting young Scottish international Oliver Burke to the club after the completion of his transfer from Red Bull Leipzig for an undisclosed sum.

The 20-year-old forward, who will wear the number 17 shirt, has agreed a five-year contract and is eligible for Sunday's Premier League clash against Stoke City at The Hawthorns (ko 1.30pm).

Oliver joins Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi and Gareth Barry as summer additions to the Premier League squad while the club has also signed China international striker Yuning Zhang, who has begun a two-year loan to Werder Bremen.

The Baggies newcomer was a product of the Nottingham Forest academy before being snapped up by Leipzig and featuring in their unexpected Bundesliga title challenge last season which finished in the runners-up spot behind Bayern Munich.

That means he has given up the chance of Champions League football to sign for the Baggies but Oliver says: "I feel like it is a time for me to move on and play more games. I'm here, I want to impress and I want my name to be first on the team sheet."

Head Coach Tony Pulis describes Oliver as a player with "tremendous talent" who has got "a fantastic raw ability" and Chairman John Williams welcomed the latest addition.

"We're delighted to see him at the Albion," he said. "He's clearly a talented young footballer and we believe this is the kind of signing that will excite our fans.

"We're all looking forward to seeing him in action."

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