Tuesday 05 August 2014
West Bromwich Albion have announced the signings of two full-backs who starred in the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
Australia left-back Jason Davidson joins from Heracles Almelo, of the Dutch Eredivisie, for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old has signed a two-year deal, with a further year’s option in the club’s favour after playing in all three of Australia’s Group B fixtures in Brazil.
"Jason is a good defender who has lots of energy"
“I’m delighted we’ve been able to complete a deal for Jason,” Alan Irvine, the West Brom head coach, told www.wba.co.uk. “He had a fantastic World Cup when he performed very well against three top teams.
“Jason is a good defender who has lots of energy, gets forward well and will give us competition for places at left-back with Sebastien Pocognoli.”
Irvine added that contractual issues with Heracles meant that Davidson, who has 11 caps with Australia, was behind in training, so may need time to return to form.
Albion were also boosted by the news that Cristian Gamboa has had his work-permit application approved by an FA appeal panel, finalising his move to The Hawthorns.
The Costa Rica right-back, who can also move up to midfield, has signed a three-year deal and will wear the No 16 shirt. Gamboa, 24, started all five of Costa Rica’s World Cup matches as the team reached the quarter-finals and joins from Rosenborg, where he has been for the past two seasons.
"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,” Irvine said. "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."
The acquisitions of Davidson and Gamboa take to eight the number of signings West Brom have made over the summer, following the additions of Brown Ideye, for a club-record transfer fee, and Andre Wisdom, on loan from Liverpool, as well as Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Sebastien Pocognoli and Jason Davidson.
West Brom open their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland on 16 August.