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Dorrans signs new West Brom deal
Published : 19 Jul 2010 10:32:41Rss feed
West Brom have successfully fended off interest from West Ham to keep midfielder Graham Dorrans at the club for another four years.
The Scotland international was key to the Baggies' promotion from the Championship last season, scoring 18 goals to top the club's scoring charts, and duly attracted the attention of other top-flight sides.
West Ham formally declared their interest but were rebuffed on three occasions, with Albion desperate to retain their first-choice players for next season.
Dorrans was instead offered improved terms to remain at the Hawthorns and has now committed himself to the club until 2015, with the option of an additional year also agreed.
A club statement confirming that Dorrans had signed the new deal described the Hammers' interest as "unwelcome and unsuccessful".
West Brom head coach Roberto Di Matteo said: "I'm delighted Graham has signed a new long-term contract, which is fully deserved.
"He made excellent progress last season and we're now very hopeful he can make the step up to the Premier League.
"There has been a lot of media speculation about Graham's future but it hasn't affected him one bit.
"Ever since he has reported back for pre-season training, his attitude has been as spot on as it always is and I know for a fact how much he's looking forward to the new season.
"The exciting thing is that Graham knows he still has a lot of work to do and is yet to reach his full potential."