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West Brom sign Swansea defender

West Bromwich Albion have signed Swansea defender Kyle Bartley on a 3 year deal.

The 27-year old central defender began his career at Arsenal, but only made one solitary appearance for them in an away defeat in the Champions League to Olympiacos, before various loan spells to Sheffield United and Rangers ensued.

He was sold to Swansea in the summer of 2012 but only played for the Welsh club 21 times in six years, with his time with The Swans interspersed with further loan spells at Birmingham City and Leeds United.

Now he is hoping to get his career back on track as he arrives to bolster a West Brom defence that has been depleted by the sale of Jonny Evans to Leicester City, and the release of veteran Gareth McAuley.

Head coach Darren Moore told the club’s website “I’m absolutely delighted Kyle has joined us. He’s got great presence about him and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Bartley is West Brom’s second signing of the transfer window after the arrival earlier this month of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.