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West Brom sign Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi

Peter Odemwingie (left) and Somen Tchoyi (right)
Odemwingie (left) and Tchoyi (right) are both internationals

West Brom have signed Nigeria striker Peter Odemwingie from Lokomotiv Moscow and Cameroon midfielder Somen Tchoyi from Red Bull Salzburg.

Both have joined for undisclosed fees, and on two-year contracts with the option to extend for a third year.

Odemwingie, 29, who has 51 international caps, has received his work permit and may be in Saturday's squad to face Sunderland.

However, 27-year-old Tchoyi will not be fit for the game at The Hawthorns.

The versatile midfielder, who was Austria's player of the year last season, flew into England to finalise his move on Wednesday - ending a two-year pursuit of the player by the Baggies.

These are the opportunities you hope for when you decide to become a footballer. This is the next chapter of my career

Peter Odemwingie

"It's been a drawn out process due to circumstances out of the club's control but all the hard work has paid off and I'm delighted to welcome Somen to the club," said West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo.

"He is a powerful midfielder who can bring a physical presence to our team and also be a real threat at set pieces.

"Somen has all the attributes to play in the Premier League but I think it is important we don't expect too much too soon from him as he will need a little time to adapt to English football.

"He also won't be sharp enough to be involved tomorrow [Saturday] as he has had to do a lot of travelling in the past few weeks which means he hasn't been able to train regularly."

Capped 14 times by Cameroon, Tchoyio joined Salzburg in 2008 after four years in Norway with Odd Greenland and then Staebek. He was Norwegian player of the year in 2007.

Odemwingie, who appeared in his country's World Cup matches against Argentina and Greece this summer, still has to wait for international clearance on his move before he can make his debut.

The paperwork must come through an hour before kick-off if he is to play.

Odemwingie revealed his appetite for the English top-flight had been whetted after conversations with some of his Premier League-based team-mates.

"I couldn't refuse the chance to come play in the Premier League," the 29-year-old told BBC Sport.

"The players talked about England in a good way so once this opportunity presented itself, I simply asked Lokomotiv to consider it," he stated.

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"These are the opportunities you hope for when you decide to become a footballer. This is the next chapter of my career," he continued.

Odemwingie is the sixth player to move to The Hawthorns this summer and manager Robert Di Matteo is pleased with the quality and versatility he brings to his squad.

"Peter has got great pace, is two-footed, scores goals and has good experience at a very high level," said Di Matteo.

"We have brought him in as a striker but he can also play out wide, which gives me options."

Odemwingie scored 21 goals in 70 starts at Lokomotiv Moscow and has been linked in the past with moves to Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to a Nigerian father and Russian mother in 1981, Odemwingie moved to Nigeria as a two-year-old.

After spending his early years in Nigeria, Odemwingie returned to the former Soviet Union to complete his secondary education and subsequently joined the youth football academy of CSKA Moscow.

He returned to Nigeria to begin his club career with Insurance in 2000, playing alongside former Wigan striker Julius Aghahowa, before moving to Belgium side La Louvière in 2002.

He then joined French side Lille in 2005 before Lokomotiv Moscow snapped him up in the summer of 2007.



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My First World Cup: Peter Odemwingie
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Odemwingie eyes England move
19 Feb 07 |  African
Blackburn eye Odemwingie
18 Aug 04 |  Blackburn


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