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Gladbach delighted burning off Premier League competition for Alassane Plea

Borussia Monchengladbach have clinched the signing of Nice striker Alassane Plea ahead of Premier League interest.

Newcastle United had a £20million bid rejected by Nice last month, and were eventually pipped to the Frenchman's signature by Gladbach. West Ham United, Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur were also keen.

“We're extremely glad that this transfer has gone through and we were able to sign Alassane despite a lot of competition from various other well-known clubs," Gladbach's sporting director Max Eberl said after the club unveiled Plea on Friday.

“Thankfully for us, he wanted to come to Borussia at all costs. He's a versatile, quick and clever forward who has put his talent on full display in Ligue 1 and the Europa League."

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