Date: 16th July 2018 at 11:48am
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West Bromwich Albion have this morning confirmed the permanent transfer of Swansea City centre-half Kyle Bartley.

The 27-year-old towering defender moves to The Hawthorns from the Liberty Stadium for an undisclosed fee, reportedly in the region of £7million ish, and he has put pen to paper on a three-year contract with us – taking part in training today for the first-time as he met his new colleagues.

He is in line to make his non-competitive debut in Friday’s pre-season friendly at Aberdeen if his fitness is right and he becomes our second capture of the summer under head coach Darren Moore following on from Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Speaking to wba.co.uk as we beat off competition from others, namely former loan club Leeds United if the rumour mill is to be believed, Moore explained.

“I’m absolutely delighted Kyle has joined us. He’s got great presence about him and I am looking forward to working with him.”

The player himself added.

“After speaking with Darren I knew this was the place I wanted to be. He let me know his ideas for the season and the next few years, his ambitions for the club and he told me about the fan base and the facilities. I’m hoping to be involved quickly.”

Bartley made 49 starting appearances for the Elland Road outfit in the 2016/17, scoring six times in the Championship. He also has second tier experience from a loan with Birmingham City and he comes in with over 150 starting appearances under his belt.