Baggies snare Polish keeper
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom have confirmed the signing of Hertha Berlin keeper Tomasz Kuszczak as the out-of-contract Pole heads for The Hawthorns.
The Baggies claim to have beaten off a host of rivals to increase competition for the keeper's jersey with Russell Hoult the undisputed number one at the newly-promoted club.
After passing a medical, the 22-year-old has been officially unveiled as a new Albion player.
"We faced quite a bit of competition to sign him," Baggies boss Gary Megson told the club's official website.
"Even as late as last night, as Tomasz was walking across our car park, a Bundesliga club rang his agent to try and sign him as he was about to put pen-to-paper here!
"Tomasz had opportunities to join another Premiership club, a First Division club, two Spanish teams and two Bundesliga clubs.
"But he's decided to come here."
Kuszczak is a full Poland international and joins on a three-year deal, with the option of a fourth at the club's discretion.
Another Hertha keeper, Gabor Kiraly, has also been in England, bidding to earn a move to Crystal Palace.