Oliver Burke leaves RB Leipzig for West Brom

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WEST Bromwich Al­bion have signed 20-year-old Scot­land winger Oliver Burke from Ger­man club RB Leipzig on a five-year contract, the Pre­mier League side an­nounced yes­ter­day.

West Brom did not dis­close how much they had paid to sign him, but Bri­tish me­dia re­ports said the fee was in the re­gion of £15-mil­lion (about R255-mil­lion).

A grad­u­ate of Not­ting­ham For­est’s acad­emy, Burke left For­est for Leipzig last Au­gust and helped the club achieve a sur­prise sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Bun­desliga, but fea­tured only spar­ingly.

“I feel like it is time for me to move on and play more games,” Burke told the West Brom web­site. “I’m here, I want to im­press and I want my name to be first on the team sheet.”

Burke is West Brom’s fifth ac­qui­si­tion of the trans­fer win­dow af­ter Gareth Barry, Jay Ro­driguez, Zhang Yun­ing and Ahmed Hegazi.

He could make his de­but in to­mor­row’s home game against Stoke City.

“We’re re­ally pleased to get him in – the lad has tremen­dous tal­ent,” West Brom man­ager Tony Pulis said. His side won their open­ing two league games. – AFP

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