West Brom Sign Oliver Burke From RB Leipzig For £15m

West Brom Sign Oliver Burke From RB Leipzig For £15m
Aug 25, 2017

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Oliver Burke has joined West Brom for a fee rising to £15million, the club have announced. The Scotsman joins the club on a five-year deal and becomes the fifth addition to Tony Pulis’ side this summer.

Burke, who earned 2 Scotland caps during the 2015/16 season whilst at Nottingham Forest, was one of Europe’s hottest prospects and was rumoured to have turned down a move to Bayern Munich, along with a host of Premier League clubs.

The now 20-year-old enjoyed a superb start to his career in the Bundesliga, setting up Naby Keïta to fire RB Leipzig to a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on his debut. When he was given his first game starting from the off, Burke took just 4 minutes to score against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

However, the wheels soon fell off, with Burke slowly sliding down the pecking order at RB who eventually qualified for this seasons Champions League, being put in Group G after yesterday’s draw. After making 25 appearances in Germany’s top flight, with 20 coming off the bench, Burke needs to secure regular playing time to galvanise his career which has stalled.

With Crystal Palace also circulating the situation regarding the Scottish international, who has been capped 5 times, Pulis has swept in and secured their fifth signing of the summer.

West Brom already have strong competition for places out wide with Matt Phillips, Nacer Chadli, Chris Brunt and James McClean at the club. Phillips has started the season well, assisting twice and scoring once in three matches. On the contrary, Nacer Chadli’s future is unclear at the moment, with Swansea monitoring the Belgium winger in a bid to strengthen their side after the departure of talisman Gylfi Sigurðsson who left for Everton.

Burke, who has agreed a five-year contract with the Midlands club, could be in line to make his debut against Stoke this weekend.

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