Keith Andrews signs for West Brom
Republic of Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews has joined West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer.
Andrews, 31, had put in an official transfer request at Blackburn Rovers, admitting he was unhappy at Ewood Park. He spent the first half of this season on loan at Ipswich Town, where his crucial goals from midfield quickly made him a fan favourite. West Brom fought off interest from Ipswich and a number of other clubs for the 26 cap midfielder.
“Keith is a player I know well and have admired for several years,” WBA manager Roy Hodgson told the club’s official website. “He’s a flexible midfielder who can play in a number of roles across midfield. He will bring experience to the squad and also has a good goalscoring record. We’re delighted to have him on board as we look to achieve or our primary target, which is to secure a third successive season of Barclays Premier League football.”
The Dubliner will link up with fellow Irish internationals Shane Long and Simon Cox at the Hawthorns, and will wear the number 8 shirt.