As the summer transfer deadline slammed shut at 5pm, West Bromwich Albion fans were still awaiting a third announcement from the club today concerning our known chase of Sporting Lisbon winger Matheus Pereira.
With earlier announcements for Grady Diangana and Charlie Austin the club misled fans, as we saw a fourth arrival in the shape of former Arsenal Academy graduate Chris Willock, who joins us on a loan from Benfica.
The pacy 21-year-old joins West Brom on a deal until January with both clubs having options to review the agreement in the new year with a view to extending it until the end of the campaign. He made his debut for Arsenal in the EFL Cup back as a 16-year-old, but having signed a five year deal with Benfica – he’s yet to make a senior debut for them.
As for Pereira, he comes in for the season on loan with a view to a permanent move next summer. The permanent clause kicks in based on appearances and the 23-year-old has been handed the No 12 shirt.
All in all, a decent deadline day if they can hit the ground running.