Allardyce makes ‘exceptional’ Snodgrass his first West Brom signing

Samuel Bannister

West Brom have officially confirmed the signing of Robert Snodgrass from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

Sam Allardyce had made no secret of their pursuit of the Scotland midfielder and has now got his man.

The completed transfer makes Snodgrass the first signing of Allardyce’s reign as West Brom manager. He has signed a contract until June 2022.

Snodgrass becomes the second player to leave West Ham this month after striker Sebastien Haller headed for Ajax.

West Ham accepted an undisclosed fee for Snodgrass, 33, who only made six appearances for them in the first half of the current season.

Now, he will team up with Allardyce at the Hawthorns to contribute to their battle against relegation.

Snodgrass will be an experienced reinforcement for the Baggies, who are currently six points away from safety. They are 19th in the Premier League table.

West Brom become the sixth permanent club of Snodgrass’ career after previous stints with Livingston, Leeds, Norwich, Hull and West Ham.

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Allardyce explains Snodgrass attributes

Allardyce has already spoken about why he was keen to work with Snodgrass, but has now elaborated on what the midfielder will bring.

He told West Brom’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted that he has chosen to take up the challenge with us.

“He’ll add Premier League experience and Premier League quality to our side.

“He’s left-footed. We all look for balance. When you get the right balance in the team with left-footed players, they can really produce for you down that left side.

“He tells me he’s played holding midfield, left of a three, wide left and right, so he’s pretty versatile across midfield.

“I’ve heard from many, many people that he is exceptional in the dressing room which is a great bonus on top of his abilities.”

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