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Nicolas Anelka: The French journey-man is back in the EPL

4.23K   //    05 Jul 2013, 09:58 IST

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One of the greatest ever football ‘journey-man’ is back on the move again. Nicolas Anelka is back in the English Premier League. The Frenchman  has already played for the likes of Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The striker returns to the Premier League this time at West Bromwich Albion, on a 12-month contract following an unhappy year in Chinese football and a short spell in Italy, and Albion have the option of awarding him a further year’s deal next summer.

Anelka, 34, left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012 but joined Juventus during this year’s January transfer window. West Brom head coach Steve Clarke, worked with Anelka briefly at Stamford Bridge in 2008 and is delighted a player of such pedigree is part of his Albion squad.

Name in native country:Nicolas Sébastien Anelka
Date of birth:14.03.1979
Place of birth:Le Chesnay
Position:Striker – Centre Forward
Market value:500.000 €
Player’s agent:Claude Anelka

We are missing a bit of firepower from last year – we’re trying to put that right – and to kick off with the signing of Nicolas at the start of the summer is a great boost for everyone at the club. The sole focus at the club is trying to build on what we did last season. The more quality players you can bring to the club the better – and no one can question Nicolas’s quality.” he said.

Anelka’s transfer history:

SeasonDateFromToTransfer fee
13/1404.07.2013JuventusWest Bromwich Albionfree transfer
12/1330.01.2013Shanghai Shenhua F.C.Juventusfree transfer
11/1201.01.2012FC ChelseaShanghai Shenhua transfer
07/0811.01.2008Bolton WanderersFC Chelsea19.900.000 €
06/0725.08.2006Fenerbahçe SKBolton Wanderers12.000.000 €
04/0523.01.2005Manchester CityFenerbahçe SK10.700.000 €
02/0301.07.2002Paris Saint-Germain FCManchester City19.800.000 €
01/0201.01.2002Paris Saint-Germain FCFC Liverpool(loan) 1.400.000 €
00/0101.07.2000Real Madrid CFParis Saint-Germain FC34.500.000 €
99/0001.07.1999FC ArsenalReal Madrid CF35.000.000 €
96/9722.02.1997Paris Saint-Germain FCFC Arsenal760.000 €
95/9601.07.1995FC Paris Saint-Germain U19Paris Saint-Germain FC-

Anelka boasts league and FA Cup doubles to his name with Arsenal and Chelsea. He has scored more than 100 league goals in England and won the Golden Boot in 2008-09 while at Chelsea.

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