West Brom have signed former Norwich City play maker Wes Hoolahan on a short-term deal which has the potential to be extended in January.

The former Republic of Ireland international arrives on a free transfer after being released by The Canaries at the end of last season, ending a 10-year spell with the club.

The 36-year-old will bring a wealth of Championship experience and quality to The Baggies squad, having been promoted to the Premier League twice in his time at Norwich. Hoolahan has not played since his final appearance for Norwich but has proved capable of still playing a lot of games, having made 122 appearances for club and country across the previous three seasons.

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Speaking to West Brom’s official website manager Darren Moore said, “In the end, it wasn’t a difficult decision because Wes’s quality was there for all to see and he brings great experience and greater options to our group.”

“We had a look at him over three or four days. He is a great pro and I think everyone knows the quality he possesses. He gives us more depth and fantastic experience.”

“The agreement is short-term but there is the potential for Wes to stay longer if things work out. I’m delighted to get him here.”

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Hoolahan was not available for West Brom’s visit to Birmingham, where The Baggies came from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw at St Andrews. However, he could be available to make his début in the coming games starting with West Brom’s home fixture against Bristol City on Tuesday night.

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