West Brom win Rosenberg race

Signing of Sweden international considered a 'real coup'

Markus Rosenberg: West Brom have been 'keeping tabs' on the striker for the past two or three years

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West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke hopes the signing of Markus Rosenberg will motivate the other strikers at The Hawthorns after a deal was completed for the Sweden international.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal until the summer of 2015 having previously been a free agent following the conclusion of his contract at Werder Bremen.

Clarke is happy to have got his man ahead of other interested clubs and thinks it will now give competition for places for existing West Brom strikers such as Shane Long.

But the arrival of Rosenberg will also add to rumours of possible departures for Peter Odemwingie and Simon Cox.

Clarke told West Brom's official website: "I'm delighted to welcome Markus to the club.

"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 Premier League.

Work ethic

"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."

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth added: "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.

"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."