Valero joins West Brom for club record fee

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West Brom today completed the signing of Borja Valero from Real Mallorca for a club record £4.7m.

The 23-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract after passing a medical, the club's official website said.

Spaniard Valero is the Baggies' ninth signing of the summer, taking their close-season spending past £20m.

Manager Tony Mowbray said: "I'm delighted to welcome Borja to the club.

"From a footballing point of view he possesses many of the attributes I like in a player."

Mowbray said he believed Borja may need a little time to adjust to the Premier League, and that despite a record fee was not guaranteed a place in the team.

But he added: "Borja can link up the play from back to front and he will enhance the excellent midfield options we already possess."