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Albion sign Wilson on loan

Defender arrives at The Hawthorns

ALBION completed the loan signing of utility defender Marc Wilson from Bournemouth just in time to beat the close of the January transfer window.

The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who will wear the number 12 jersey, joined on loan until the end of the season to reunite with Baggies Head Coach Tony Pulis.

Wilson, a former Pulis signing and regular pick during his Stoke City tenure, brings Premier League experience in a variety of positions into Albion’s squad.

Another graduate of the Manchester United academy, he made his breakthrough at Portsmouth before Pulis signed him for Stoke in August 2010. Wilson went on to play leading roles as Stoke reached the 2011 FA Cup final and then reached the KO phase in the following season’s Europa League campaign.

Throughout that period, the 6ft 2in defender he proved himself in all positions across the back-line and in central midfield before moving to Bournemouth last summer.

He made his senior Republic of Ireland debut in a 3-0 victory over Wales in 2011 and has gone on to win 25 caps but missed out on the 2016 European Championships finals because of injury.