Albion have today secured a one-year loan agreement for rising Chelsea star Conor Gallagher.
The Baggies have fought off rival approaches from Premier League clubs to sign the 20-year-old England age-group regular for the current campaign.
Conor has been on Albion’s target-list after impressing over a full season of Sky Bet Championship football in 2019/20, first with Charlton and then Swansea.
“There was a lot of interest from the Premier League, which is where I wanted to play this season, but this is where I want to be,” he said.
“West Brom stood out to me because of the way they played last season. I played against them two or three times and I liked how they approached the game.
"I felt that it would suit me and it would be best for my development. I felt it could help me become the player I want to be and I’m pleased to get this agreement sorted.”
Conor was welcomed to the Club’s training ground this morning by a host of Albion ‘pals’ he has played alongside on England duties including Grady Diangana, Kyle Edwards, Sam Field and Rekeem Harper.
Although he will not be eligible for the visit of his parent club in Albion’s next Premier League home game, Gallagher is eager to add his qualities to Slaven Bilić's side.
“I like to think I’m a box-to-box player but I’m also versatile,” he says. “I like to think that I can play wherever in midfield and look to create chances and try to chip in with goals too. I hope I’ve got a lot to offer.
“The challenge doesn’t worry me. I chose to go to Charlton last season knowing it would be tough but I felt I could flourish as a player in those circumstances.
“I’m willing to help the team as much as I can.
“I spoke to Slaven Bilić the other day just to see how things stood and I liked what I heard and how he wanted me to play. It all made sense to me and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Welcome to The Hawthorns, Conor!