Baggies confirm Yacob
Argentine signs three-year deal with option for additional 12 months
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 10:43pm
Claudio Yacob: Contract remains subject to international clearance
West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of free agent Argentina international Claudio Yacob on a three-year contract subject to international clearance.
Sky Sports on Tuesday lunchtime revealed the 25-year-old holding midfielder was set join The Hawthorns club, and after passing a medical the deal has been completed.
Yacob was a free agent having left Argentine Primera Division outfit Racing Club de Avellaneda and his new West Brom contract includes an option for the Premier League side to extend by an additional 12 months.
The South American, who had impressed after joining on trial at the weekend, becomes West Brom's third summer signing following Ben Foster and season-long loanee Yassine El Ghanassy.
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West Brom boss Steve Clarke has told the club's official website: "I'm delighted to welcome Claudio to the club.
"He is an Argentina international with a real desire to prove himself in the Premier League and it's great to have him on board.
"Claudio's got different qualities to the other midfielders we've got at the club and he should complement the squad very well.
"It will take him a little bit of time to adjust to the demands of the English game and he's also got to learn our language, but we hope to have him up and running for the start of the season."
Yacob is renowned for his tenacious performances and passing ability and has two senior caps to his name.
West Brom sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth said: "I'm really pleased we've been able to recruit a player of Claudio's calibre.
No mean feat
"He's been a one-club man in Argentina up to now, having broken into Racing's first team at 17 and being appointed as their captain while still in his teens.
"To achieve that at Argentina's third or fourth biggest club, and then break into the national team with the wealth of talent his country have to choose from, is no mean feat.
"Claudio joins us with a great CV and is a terrific passer of the ball. He's a holding central midfielder who sits in front of the back four and controls the play.
"Claudio's also good at breaking things up. I believe he will be a great asset for us."