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Zuiverloon seals Albion deal
04 Jul 2008 - 08:00:48
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray hopes the arrival of Gianni Zuiverloon will be the first of many new signings after confirming the capture of the Dutch defender.
The Baggies landed the Netherlands Under-21 international in a £3.2million deal from Heerenveen on Thursday evening.
The highly-rated right-back has signed a three-year deal at The Hawthorns and his arrival will help offset the loss of Martin Albrechtsen to Derby County.
"Hopefully he is the first of a few new signings to come in as we continually look to improve the squad," Mowbray told the club's official website.
"Gianni is a player that originally came to my attention during pre-season last year when we played Heerenveen.
"We've followed his progress throughout the season and I'm delighted he has agreed to join us.
"From our point of view, we've got a very talented, young footballer who is eager to prove his qualities at the highest level.
"He has good defensive qualities, is a good athlete, is comfortable on the ball and wants to improve.
"He will add good competition for places to the squad and is another piece in the jigsaw."
Meanwhile, the Baggies have confirmed that Curtis Davies has joined Aston Villa on a permanent basis following the defender's season-long loan at their Midlands rivals.