The Baggies have recruited PSG’s tough-tackling defender Diego Lugano…
West Brom have snapped up experienced Uruguayan centre-half Diego Lugano on a free transfer from French champions PSG on a two-year-contract, reports BBC Sport.
The 32-year-old has 85 caps for his country, and has captained them a record 77 times. His aggressive, physical style should suit the Premier League, where he has yet to play during an impressive career.
Lugano is glad though that West Brom have finally given him the chance to fulfil his ambitions and play in the best league in the world.
“I’m doing something that has been missing in my career, playing in the Premier League, without doubt the most beautiful and competitive league in the world,” said the former Sao Paulo, Fenerbahce and PSG man.
“The challenge is to match what West Bromwich achieved last season and trying to go a step further to reach European competitions.”
Lugano’s playing time at PSG would have been limited this term due to the £27m arrival of teenage prodigy Marquinhos from Roma. With arguably the world’s best defender, Thiago Silva, guaranteed a starting spot, Lugano would have struggled to get any minutes whatsoever.
The no-nonsense defender is the second summer arrival at the Hawthorns, following the signing of Frenchman Nicholas Anelka. With Anelka 34-years-old, and Lugano 32-years-old, it is clear that Steve Keen is recruiting experienced players for this seasons battle to get into the top half of the table again. Whether said players are past their best though, remains to be seen.