West Brom sign Chinese international Zhang Yuning, loan him to Werder Bremen

West Bromwich Albion have loaned out new signee Zhang Yuning of China to Werder Bremen, as the player would not be granted a work permit to play in England

football Updated: Jul 04, 2017 16:45 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Zhang Yuning,West Bromwich Albion,West Brom
Zhang Yuning has been loaned out to Werder Bremen for two years by parent club West Bromwich Albion.(Getty Images)

English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Chinese international Zhang Yuning from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

The 20-year-old striker will now immediately be loaned out to Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for the next two seasons as he would not be granted a work permit to play in England, given the fact that China currently sit outside the current top 50 of the FIFA world rankings.

The Baggies were last year sold to a Chinese investment club, and the signing of Yuning is one of the steps through which the club is strengthening its links to the East Asian nation.

The Zhejiang-born striker already has nine caps for his country, scoring twice, with both his goals coming against Trinidad and Tobago in a 4-2 win last year.

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This is what Richard Garlick, West Brom’s director of football administration, told the club’s official website: “Zhang will get the chance to further develop at Bremen, with whom we have an excellent relationship.

“He will be challenging for a place in a top European league and we will be monitoring his progress before reassessing his prospects at the end of the loan period. There is no doubt he has a lot of qualities which Bremen are well-positioned to grow and develop.

“His progress will be the subject of great interest here at Albion but also in Germany and in China. There is no doubt that there are commercial benefits that come with the deal but the primary target is to help develop one of the best young players in a booming corner of the football industry.”

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 16:45 IST