West Brom transfer news: Baggies sign World Cup pair Cristian Gamboa and Jason Davidson
Baggies make announce signing of two World Cup stars
West Bromwich Albion have completed the double signing of World Cup stars Cristian Gamboa and Jason Davidson.
Costa Rica international Gamboa arrives from Rosenborg and Australian Davidson from Dutch side Heracles.
Both are versatile defenders capable of playing in multiple positions.
Gamboa, who has signed a three-year deal at The Hawthorns, is primarily a right-back who can also play on the right of midfield.
The 24-year-old started in all five of Costa Rica's World Cup matches as the surprise package reached the quarter-finals where they eventually lost on penalties to the Netherlands. West Brom have now added eight players to their squad this season
West Brom boss Alan Irvine told the club's website: "Cristian is a player I was extremely impressed by during the World Cup.
"We faced stiff competition from other Premier League clubs for his services but we've managed to convince Cristian that West Bromwich Albion is the best club for him to join.
"Cristian is a quick, aggressive defender with good energy levels. He gets up and down the pitch really well and we believe he will continue to improve."
Davidson, 23, is a left back capable of playing in midfield who has signed a two-year deal at the club, with an option for a further year. He started all three of Australia's matches in Brazil.
Irvine added: "I’m delighted we’ve been able to complete a deal for Jason. He had a fantastic World Cup when he performed very well against three top teams.
"I spoke to Tim Cahill about Jason and he recommended him very, very highly both as a player and character. Tim sees him as a young player who will do extremely well in England and develop even further." West Brom will look like a different team under Irvine
West Brom have now signed eight players this summer, with the pair joining Brown Ideye, Andre Wisdom, Joleon Lescott, Craig Gardner, Chris Baird and Sebastien Pocognoli at the club.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food