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Tuesday 07 August 2012

West Brom win race to sign Rosenberg

Swedish international striker joins the Baggies on a three-year contract

Markus Rosenberg played for Sweden against Ukraine and England in UEFA Euro 2012

Swedish international striker Markus Rosenberg has become West Bromwich Albion's fourth signing of the summer.

The 29-year-old, who had attracted interest from clubs across Europe and in China, passed a medical at the Baggies before signing a three-year contract.

He was out of contract after leaving Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in May.

The transfer is subject to international clearance.

"Markus will really increase competition for places in the forward areas"
- Steve Clarke

"I'm delighted to welcome Markus to the club," manager Steve Clarke told the club's official website.

"He is an experienced striker who has scored goals in three of Europe's top leagues, as well as in the top European competitions, and is determined to prove himself in the Barclays Premier League.

"Markus will really increase competition for places in the forward areas and hopefully spur on the strikers we already have here.

"He had several other offers this summer but he made it clear that joining West Bromwich Albion was his first choice and we're really pleased we've been able to conclude a deal."

Rosenberg, who stands at 6ft 1in, began his career at Malmo before joining Dutch giants Ajax in 2005.

He scored 12 goals in 40 appearances before leaving for Werder Bremen in 2007 after a successful loan spell with the German outfit.

"Getting a player of his calibre is a real coup for this club"
- Dan Ashworth

Rosenberg was a member of the Bremen side that played in the UEFA Cup final in 2009 and he scored 10 goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances last season.

He was part of Sweden's UEFA Euro 2012 squad this summer, playing against Ukraine and England, and has won 30 caps for his country.

"We've been keeping tabs on Markus for two or three years now and getting a player of his calibre is a real coup for this club," added West Brom sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth.

"He had offers from Spain, Germany, Turkey, Russia and China and we’re delighted he has chosen this club as the next step in his career.

"Markus is quick, has a great work ethic and can play in a couple of different positions.

"He's scored goals wherever he's played and gives us a different option to what we've already got."

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Key Points

  • Markus Rosenberg signs for West Bromwich Albion
  • Swedish international striker signs a three-year contract
  • Rosenberg has played for Malmo, Ajax and Werder Bremen