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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 January 2007, 15:00 GMT
Slovenian Koren joins West Brom
Robert Koren (r)
Koren played against Newcastle in the summer
West Brom have made their first swoop of the January transfer window by signing Slovenia international Robert Koren on a Bosman transfer.

The 26-year-old midfielder has signed from Norwegian side Lillestrom on an initial 18-month contract, with West Brom having the option of another year.

Koren scored 10 times in 26 starts during his last season in Norway, which ended during the last week in October.

If he is gets international clearance he could face Leeds in the FA Cup.

In July, Koren scored the opening goal in Lillestrom's Intertoto Cup draw against Newcastle at St James' Park in July.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray said: "Robert is a technical footballer but also a hungry footballer who wants to test himself in the English league.

"He can play anywhere along the middle. He will add to the competition for places - and there is already some tough competition in that area.

"I believe the place needs some fresh faces and Robert will bring a freshness to the squad."



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