West Brom have confirmed the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City for a fee in excess of £7million.

The 21-year old USA international previously worked with manager Valerien Ismael at Barnsley scoring nine goals in 14 starts on the way to the play-offs and he was at Albion on Saturday ahead of his medical as he prepares to help his old boss’s latest bid for promotion.

A number of clubs have been following Dike’s form during the past MLS season, where he scored another 11 goals, with the likes of Crystal Palace, Leeds United and Newcastle all linked.

West Brom have sealed the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City for a fee in excess of £7m

West Brom have sealed the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City for a fee in excess of £7m

West Brom have sealed the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City for a fee in excess of £7m

Albion players were in for a 2pm training session on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s game with Cardiff City when Dike is expected to be in attendance.

‘I know him from last season at Barnsley, but I can’t comment on any names,’ Ismael said. ‘We do our job behind the scenes, we work on our list and we have a clear picture. We have a priority. We must get the first job done.

‘In a perfect picture, in a perfect world, it’s good when you can get the player as quick as possible. Our job now is to understand what we want and get what we want as quick as possible, the window is open and then we must work intensely to get what we want.’

The 21-year old USA international previously worked with manager Valerien Ismael at Barnsley

The 21-year old USA international previously worked with manager Valerien Ismael at Barnsley

The 21-year old USA international previously worked with manager Valerien Ismael at Barnsley

Several clubs have been following Dike’s form during the past season as he scored 11 goals

Several clubs have been following Dike’s form during the past season as he scored 11 goals

Several clubs have been following Dike’s form during the past season as he scored 11 goals

Albion have been short of goals in comparison to their promotion rivals this season and Ismael has been searching for a solution.

Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis, who has joined Nottingham Forest, Arsenal’s Folarin Balogun and Rhys Healey of Toulouse were among the names to have been discussed but Ismael knows what Dike can provide and will be glad he has the American to bolster his attack.

The USA international striker was initially set to join on loan but Albion have brought forward their agreement for the 21-year old who has agreed a four and a half year contract. 

Albion have also made a new contract offer to their highly rated teenage prospect Reyes Cleary but face competition from Bayern Munich for the 17-year old centre forward. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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