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Paul Scharner joins West Brom on two-year deal

Paul Scharner
Scharner celebrates after scoring against Stoke last season

West Bromwich Albion have signed Austrian international Paul Scharner.

The 30-year-old, who was a free agent after leaving Wigan in the summer, has signed a two-year deal with the club.

"He's a proven Premier League player, having performed consistently for the past four-and-a-half years," said Baggies manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Scharner, who played in every outfield position for Wigan apart from left-back, joined the Latics from Norwegian side Brann in January 2006.

He made 155 appearances, scoring 17 goals before becoming West Brom's ninth permanent signing of the summer.

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"At the start of the window, we looked at several players who were becoming free agents and had considerable experience in top-flight football either in England or abroad," said West Brom's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth.

"I think we've had some real success in this area with the arrivals of Paul, Steven Reid and Pablo Ibanez."



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see also
Scharner to leave Wigan in summer
04 May 10 |  Wigan
Wigan complete deal for Scharner
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