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Graham Dorrans signs new West Bromwich Albion deal

Graham Dorrans scored 18 times as West Brom won promotion to the Premier League last season
Dorrans scored 18 times as West Brom won promotion to the Premier League

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans has signed a new four-year deal with the Baggies - ending West Ham's hopes of capturing the 23-year-old.

The Hammers had three bids for the Scotland international rejected this summer, the last of which was for £5m.

Dorrans had signed a new Baggies deal as recently as January and scored 18 goals as they won promotion last term.

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo said: "He made excellent progress last season, we're hopeful he can step up."

Dorrans signed a four-and-a-half-year contract in January, with the option of a 12-month extension.

His new deal commits him to the Premier League new boys until 2015 and also includes the option of a further year, and Dorrans is delighted to have confirmed his commitment to the club.

"It's great to finally get it sorted out - it's been on-going for the past couple of weeks," said Dorrans.


"It's always nice when teams around you are interested because it means you're doing something right.

"I was always focused on coming back here and getting fit. At the end of the day I was contracted to Albion anyway and I was concentrating on kicking off the season here.

"It's an ambitious club and I'm looking forward to kicking off the new season in the Premier League."

After playing a key role in West Brom's second-placed finish in the Championship last season, Dorrans won the club's player of the year award and the Professional Footballers' Association fans' player of the year.

And his fine form also earned the former Livingston man, who joined West Brom in July 2008 for £150,000, three Scotland caps.

"I'm delighted Graham has signed a new long-term contract, which is fully deserved," said Di Matteo.

"There has been a lot of media speculation about Graham's future but it hasn't affected him one bit.

"Ever since he has reported back for pre-season training, his attitude has been as spot on as it always is and I know for a fact how much he's looking forward to the new season.

"The exciting thing is that Graham knows he still has a lot of work to do and is yet to reach his full potential."

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Valero seals Villarreal loan move
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Hammers fail with new Dorrans bid
08 Jul 10 |  West Brom
West Ham bid for Dorrans rejected
27 Apr 10 |  West Brom
Dorrans signs new West Brom deal
04 Jan 10 |  West Brom
West Brom agree deal for Dorrans
31 Jan 08 |  Livingston

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