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Victor Anichebe has welcomed Nigeria teammate Brown Ideye to West Bromwich Albion.

The striker has joined for a club record fee from Dynamo Kiev.

"I don't think the fans should expect too much, too soon from him," said Anichebe to the Birmingham Mail.

"They should forget about the price tag.

"That's what I messaged him - I said you're a club record signing and you've taken the No.9 shirt, no pressure. Joking aside, it will be difficult for him just to come in and set the world on fire. The sooner he's with us as a group the better.

"I know he's a really good player but the fans need to give him time to adapt, just as it's taken me time to adapt.

"He's played so many different ways and is a real team player. For example, for Nigeria, he's played in a supporting role but then for his club he's played as the pivotal one, to run in behind. And that is something we need. Everyone knows the way I play, but to have someone who can make powerful runs in behind, that'll be great for us.

"I've seen him pop up in several different positions. He can adapt to different ways of playing and flexibility is always good."

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