West Brom confirm Anelka signing

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka on a one-year contract, the Daily Mirror has reported. West Brom also have the option of extending Anelka’s contract for a second year.

Globe-trotting Anelka has also played for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Fenerbahce, Bolton Wanderers, Shanghai Shenhua and, most recently, Juventus, making Albion his 11th different club. The Frenchman also had two spells at PSG, starting his career in the capital before moving to Arsenal and returning to Paris after his spell in Spain.

Anelka has already racked up 122 goals in 152 games in English football alone and Baggies manager Steve Clarke, who worked with Anelka at Chelsea, confirmed he turned to the 34-year-old in an effort to maintain his team’s potency in front of goal next season after losing Romelu Lukaku, who returned to Chelsea following the end of his loan deal.

We are missing a bit of firepower from last year – we’re trying to put that right – and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club,” Clarke said.

The sole focus at the club is trying to build on what we did last season. The more quality players you can bring to the club the better – and no-one can question Nicolas’ quality,” the boss added.

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