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West Brom bag defender Zuiverloon

Gianni Zuiverloon
Gianni Zuiverloon has won 17 under-21 caps for the Netherlands

West Bromwich Albion have completed the 3.2m signing of Heerenveen defender Gianni Zuiverloon.

The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal with a further one-year option in the club's favour.

Zuiverloon has won 17 under-21 international caps for the Netherlands and will be in their Olympic squad.

"We've got a very talented, young footballer who is eager to prove his qualities at the highest level," said manager Tony Mowbray.

Mowbray added: "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.

"Hopefully he is the first of a few new signings to come in as we continually look to improve the squad."

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