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DONE DEAL: West Brom sign Orlando striker Dike

West Bromwich Albion have signed Darryl Dike from Orlando City on a four-year deal.

The burly American striker impressed in the Championship during a loan with Barnsley last season.

And the 21-year-old says it was an easy decision to join the Baggies.

He told the club's website: "I'm absolutely delighted to finally be here.

"It's been a really busy week. I was visiting my family before making the move over.

"It's good to be finally settled in in terms of starting training, getting an apartment sorted and other stuff like that.

"It was an easy decision for sure when I heard about the club's interest in me.

"It's always been in my head to be over here in England. Growing up I have always dreamed of playing here, especially at a club like this with history, the manager and the opportunity to go up to the Premier League. There were so many different factors for me that made the decision a lot easier.

"I've already had so much support on social media from the fans. So many people have welcomed me, and that's absolutely incredible.

"To be at the stadium on Sunday and see the fans clapping and cheering me made me feel so welcome and I'm so excited to be out there.

"I like to do the work for the other players in the team. I like to do things such as making runs and holding up the ball. Even defensively I am happy to help out.

"But I'm a striker and I want to score goals and I want to win games. I'm a big competitor. I'll do anything I can to try and get the results.

"Every player wants to be around other competitors. Just being here for a few days, I can already see the level and how much people want to compete."

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