West Brom have completed the signing of Kyle Bartley from Swansea – the man brought in to replace Craig Dawson in their defence.
The 27-year-old, long linked with a move to Leeds United, joins on a three-year deal for around £4million to become the Baggies’ second signing of the summer.
Bartley, who spent the 2016/17 on loan at Elland Road, was expected to make a permanent move to Leeds this summer, but the club passed up the chance to sign him on the advice of new boss Marcelo Bielsa.
The Baggies have also been linked with a move for Pontus Jansson and explaining the decision to join Albion, Bartley told the club’s official site: “After speaking with Darren (Moore, boss) I knew this was the place I wanted to be.
“He let me know his ideas for the season and the next few years, his ambitions for the club and he told me about the fan base and the facilities. I’m hoping to be involved quickly.”
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Albion have boosted their defence after selling Jonny Evans to Leicester and releasing Gareth McAuley.
Dawson also wants to leave with Burnley interested but Albion will not accept anything less than £20million.
Boss Moore said: “I’m absolutely delighted Kyle has joined us. He’s got great presence about him and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Bartley made just 21 league appearances for the Swans in six years after joining from Arsenal.
Bartley joins goalkeeper Sam Johnstone at Albion after he signed from Manchester United for £6million.