Barry picks West Brom over Everton

WBA.co.uk

West Bromwich Albion is not finished in the transfer market yet after signing former England midfielder Gareth Barry on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Barry joins earlier recruits Jay Rodriguez and Sunday's (AEST) match-winner in the Premier League Ahmed Hegazi as new players for the Baggies.

Barry turned down an offer of a two-year extension from Everton to switch to The Hawthorns, and leaves Goodison Park just five appearances short of overtaking Ryan Giggs as the Premier League’s all-time record appearance maker for a club.

"I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played," Barry told the club's official website.

"I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality."

Coach Tony Pulis was very happy with the acquisition, and sees Barry as the right man to fill the hole left by the departure of Darren Fletcher.

"There was a big void when we lost Fletch and Gareth will fill that void," Pulis said.

"He’s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.

"He really wants to play and I’m really looking forward to working with him."


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