Baggies clinch McAuley deal

Defender signs three-year contract to join on free transfer

McAuley: Has plumped for a three-year contract at West Brom after deciding to leave Ipswich

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West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Gareth McAuley on a three-year contract from Ipswich Town.

McAuley will join the Baggies on a free transfer in the summer after turning down a new deal at Ipswich in favour of a move to the Premier League.

The Northern Ireland international was attracting interest from several clubs, but has opted for a switch to The Hawthorns.

Speaking after West Brom's 3-3 draw at Newcastle United on Sunday, manager Roy Hodgson confirmed a deal for the 31-year-old was close.

Right moment

"We believe it is the right moment for Gareth to embark on a Barclays Premier League career after doing so well for so long in the Championship and for his national team."

Roy Hodgson

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Hodgson has now finalised a swoop for the centre-half and is confident McAuley can make an impact in the top flight next season.

"I would like to welcome Gareth to the club and I am very pleased we have added a player of his quality and experience to our team," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"We believe it is the right moment for Gareth to embark on a Barclays Premier League career after doing so well for so long in the Championship and for his national team.

"We are also very happy that amid lots of competition for his services, we have managed to persuade him to join us."