Saturday 03 August 2013

Diego Lugano completes switch to West Brom

Experienced centre-half moves to the Hawthorns from Paris St Germain on a two-year deal

  • Diego Lugano has signed a two-year at West Bromwich Albion

  • The defender scores for Uruguay against Nigeria in this year's Confederations Cup

West Bromwich Albion have made their third signing of the summer with the capture of defender Diego Lugano.

The 32-year-old has passed a medical and joins from French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer after signing a two-year deal.

Lugano, who will wear the No 14 shirt, has a wealth of experience, having played for Sao Paulo and Fenerbahce as well as PSG. He moved to Malaga on loan last season and helped the club finish sixth in La Liga and reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

The 6ft 2in centre-half is also Uruguay's second highest capped player, having made 86 appearances. He has captained his country on 77 occasions.

"He has a real hunger and ambition to play and succeed in the Barclays Premier League"
Steve Clarke

"I'm delighted to welcome Diego to the club," West Brom manager Steve Clarke told the club's website. "He's an experienced centre-half who will increase competition in that area of the team.

"This is a tough league. You need as many good players in your squad as you can get - and Diego is undoubtedly one of those.

"Like some of the others we have here, Diego is another player who captains his country and is a leader. He has a real hunger and ambition to play and succeed in the Barclays Premier League and he will hopefully get a platform here to show everyone what he can do.

"However, Diego knows he’s got a fight on his hands to get into the team. Over the past couple of seasons, Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson have been an established Premier League pairing with stiff competition from Gabriel Tamas and young Craig Dawson, who we believe will be a good centre-half for this club in years to come."

Lugano, who won the Copa America in 2011 and helped Uruguay reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, joins Nicolas Anelka and Goran Popov in signing for the Baggies this summer.

West Brom open their Barclays Premier League campaign on 17 August at home to Southampton.

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Key Points

  • Uruguay captain Diego Lugano signs for West Bromwich Albion
  • Defender signs a two-year deal after joining on a free transfer from Paris St Germain
  • Experienced centre-half has also played for Malaga and Fenerbahce