West Brom boss Hodgson finally gets his man as winger Allan pens long-term deal
West Brom have completed the signing of Dundee United winger Scott Allan.
Allan has put pen to paper on a
two-and-a-half-year deal, with a further 12-month option, which will
keep him at the Hawthorns until at least the summer of 2014.
Rising star: Scott Allan has joined West Brom
West Brom agreed a fee – believed to be 300,000 – last month with United, and the player has opted to move to the Hawthorns after holding talks with head coach Roy Hodgson and passing a medical.
Scotland Under-21 international Allan was also linked with a possible move to Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers but has opted to pursue his career south of the border.
Hodgson, who met with Allan, 20, and his
family on Friday, is confident the player can have a big part to play
in Albion's long-term future.
He said: 'We've followed Scott for a long time, we've pursued him, and we've made every effort to persuade him to come to the club and are delighted it has happened.
'He will be a very good addition to our squad. This is not just a player we're bringing to help for the next four or five months.
'This is a player that we think, in the next few years, will be an important player for the club.'
Albion's sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth, said: 'We have fought off a lot of competition to sign Scott.
'We're always interested in talented, young players and he fits into that category.
'He is a technical player who is not too dissimilar to Graham Dorrans. He can pick a pass, has good feet, and is not afraid to put a foot in.
'But we must be mindful that he is a young player and, although he will become part of the first-team squad, we will give him time to acclimatise to the demands of the Barclays Premier League.'