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West Brom boss Di Matteo signs Swindon striker Cox for 1.9m
Published : 08 Jul 2009 16:40:54Rss feed
New West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo has completed his first signing withSwindon striker Simon Cox moving to the Hawthorns in a £1.9million deal. The 22-year-old has penned a two-year contract, plus a further two years' option in the club's favour, after passing a medical. Swindon will receive a guaranteed £1.5m from the deal with a further £400,000 due in performance-related add-ons. Baggies new boy: Simon Cox Cox was the joint top scorer in all four English divisions with 29 league goals alongside Bristol Rovers' Rickie Lambert last season. He netted 32 times in total for the League One outfit including three hat-tricks against Hartlepool, Scunthorpe and Northampton. Cox was watched on several occasions by Albion staff and his goals almost single-handedly saved Town from the drop as they finished in 15th place - just four points above the relegation zone. The Reading-born striker joined his home town club at the age of nine andprogressed through the ranks to make his senior debut in the Royals' League Cupvictory at Luton in September 2005. He found first-team chances hard to come by at the Madejski Stadium and spent time on loan at Brentford and Northampton. Following a subsequent successful loan spell at Swindon, where he fired eight goals in 19 games, Cox made a permanent move to the County Ground in January 2008. Cox boasts an impressive ratio of almost a goal every other game, having scored 50 times in 119 career appearances, including 15 as a substitute. Di Matteo revealed West Brom beat off interest from Barclays Premier League clubs to sign Cox. And the former Chelsea star is confident the striker can make a big impact in the Coca-Cola Championship with Albion. He said: 'Simon is an exciting, young talent with bags of ambition, hunger and determination. He has a very good goalscoring record and I think he will be a great asset for our team next season. I've seen him many times and he has the ability to do well in the Championship. 'He had a lot of interest from other clubs, including one or two Premier League clubs, and we are very happy that he has signed for us.'