With the transfer window in full swing, HITC Sport takes a look at some of the best and the worst West Brom signings.
Over the years, we've seen many spectacular and strange signings in the transfer window. Moves that have amazed and mystified fans and journalists alike, along with the occasional "hidden gem" or the odd "flop". West Bromwich Albion are one club who have been subject to all of the above over the years, and so, HITC Sport has decided to take a look at some of the best and the worst of the Baggies' transfer business.
West Brom manager Tony Pulis
It's not often that Hungarian footballers come over to England and become club legends, but that was the case for West Bromwich Albion's former midfielder, Zoltan Gera, when he joined the Baggies in 2004 from Ferencvaros. Becoming well known throughout Birmingham for his spectacular overhead kicks and back-flip celebrations, Zoltan Gera stole the hearts of West Brom fans with his commitment to the Baggies cause, and remains to this day one of the most popular West Brom players throughout the Premier League era.
West Brom's Zoltan Gera in action
Currently the club's all time leading goalscorer in the Premier League, Peter Odemwingie deserves a place on this list, despite his messy ending with the club. Joining from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in 2010, Odemwingie scored 30 goals in 87 appearances for the Baggies, playing a fundamental role in the club's more successful years under former England boss, Roy Hodgson.
West Brom's Peter Odemwingie
Ben Foster joined West Brom in 2011 on loan from local rivals Birmingham City following their relegation. Before he joined, West Brom had struggled with conceding goals, but upon Foster's arrival, that all changed, as the English shot stopper kept 10 clean sheets in 37 appearances. His impressive displays earned the keeper a permanent move to the Baggies in 2011, and he has remained their number one keeper ever since. Constantly pushing for an England spot, Ben Foster is now widely considered as one of the better goalkeepers in the Premier League.
West Bromwich Albion's Ben Foster
After paying a mouth-watering £10 million (according to the BBC), West Bromwich Albion fans were expecting big things from Nigerian international striker, Brown Ideye. After scoring 34 goals in 74 appearances for Dynamo Kyiv, Ideye looked like a decent signing, but struggled greatly with the physical demands of the Premier League. After just a year, Ideye departed the Baggies for Greek side Olympiakos, where he has rediscovered his goal-scoring form. He left the Hawthorns with just 4 goals to his name from 24 appearances.
Brown Ideye (R) for West Brom
Gianni Zuiverloon joined the Baggies from Dutch side, Heerenveen in 2008. The former Dutch under 21 international was a first team regular during his first two seasons at the Hawthorns, but failed to properly live up to the potential that so many in Holland had assured. After falling out of favour, Zuiverloon endured an unsuccessful loan spell at Ipswich, followed by a release from his contract in May 2011.
West Bromwich Albion's Gianni Zuiverloon (R)
Borja Valero, who now wins plaudits regularly in Italy, only lasted one full season at the Hawthorns, following his move from Real Mallorca in 2008. The midfielder made 30 appearances for the Baggies in that season, but following the clubs relegation to the Premier League, the Spaniard soon departed on loan to Mallorca, eventually leaving the Baggies permanently in 2011.
Borja Valero at Villarreal