West Brom confirm Brandon Thomas-Asante transfer despite Birmingham ‘agreeing fee’ for striker

The forward has joined the Baggies after impressing at Salford City.
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West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Brandon Thomas-Asante from Salford City on a three-year deal.

The 23-year-old is believed to have joined the Baggies for a fee of £300k plus a sell-on clause, according to BBC Sport’s Simon Stone.

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Thomas-Asante makes the switch to the Hawthorns in fine form, scoring five goals in seven appearances and registering two assist this season.

Predominantly a striker, he can also operate on either wing, and had a solid goal return during his tenure at Salford, netting 30 times in 125 games for the Ammies.

Thomas-Asante scored 30 goals in 125 games for Salford. Credit: Getty. Thomas-Asante scored 30 goals in 125 games for Salford. Credit: Getty.
Thomas-Asante scored 30 goals in 125 games for Salford. Credit: Getty.

The news might come as a surprise to fans of West Brom’s midlands rivals Birmingham City, who had reportedly agreed a fee for the forward on Tuesday, as per Alex Howell.

However, he is now a Baggies player, something boss Steve Bruce is delighted with.

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“Brandon is a young, hungry, forward who has shown great desire and a strong mentality to earn his chance at this club,” he told the club’s official website.

“He is a strong, pacy player, who has a good record in front of goal, and I am sure he is excited to show people what he can do at this level.

“Brandon further strengthens our attacking options and his versatility to play across our front line will, I’m sure, be of great value as we continue to take on a busy Championship schedule.”

Thomas-Asante has also expressed his excitement on moving to the Hawthorns, stating the club is ‘the right place’ for him.

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“I’m over the moon to be joining such a big club. It all came about quite quickly but as soon as I spoke to Steve Bruce I realised this was the right place for me.

“I believe I have an eye for goal and I’m confident I can score here and push the team forward.

“I can’t wait to get started, meet my new team-mates, settle into the area, and show the fans what I’m all about.”

The forward could be in contention to make his debut for West Brom against Burnley on Friday evening.

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