Wales Euro 2016 hero signs for West Brom, Rickie Lambert moves to Cardiff
Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales’ hero of Euro 2016, signed a two-year deal with West Brom on deadline day, with an option of one more year.
The 27-year-old was training with the Wales squad, who are all set to start their 2018 World Cup campaign against Moldova on Monday.
Wales manager Chris Coleman allowed Robson-Kanu to leave the Wales training camp in order to finish his medical for the Baggies.
The Wales international was a part of the successful Wales Euro 2016 campaign, which saw him score the winner in their opening game against Slovakia, after coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute.
But his most memorable moment came in Wales historic 3-1 quarterfinal win over Belgium. Robson-Kanu outwitted three defenders with a Cruyff turn and put the ball in the back of the net. His strike against Belgium was eventually named Euro 2016 Goal of the tournament.
The Wales international had been a free agent after leaving Reading FC at the end of last season. The striker was reportedly linked with a move to Hull City but the deal fell through following Steve Bruce’s exit.
But the Wales striker managed to push through a move on deadline day.
“It was an important decision for me and my family and we took our time,” he said, “But it’s a fantastic club and manager and I’m really happy to be here.
“I’m particularly pleased to be back in the Premier League. I am grateful for everything that Reading have done for me and I enjoyed my time there. But it’s great to take this step.”
West Brom manager Tony Pulis is looking forward to having the Wales international light up the Premier League just like he did at the Euro’s earlier this year.
“Everybody enjoyed watching Hal’s contribution to the Welsh performances at the Euros and we’re pleased to have him on board,” said Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion Tony Pulis.
Rickie Lambert completes move to Cardiff city on Deadline day
West Bromwich striker Rickie Lambert also finished a late move to Cardiff City on a two-year deal in the final hours of deadline day.
The deal was initially supposed to be a loan deal but the 34-year-old veteran England striker’s move was made a permanent one for an undisclosed fee. Cardiff had reportedly shortlisted a few players in order to strengthen their attack which included Rickie Lambert as the first choice followed by Hal Robson-Kanu.
"I am very excited to be here at Cardiff City. The sooner I can get on the score-sheet and start helping my new Club, the better. I'm used to being relied on to score goals", said the former Liverpool and Southampton striker.
Cardiff City’s Paul Trollope will be delighted with the new signing as Lambert will add championship and Premier League experience to the Bluebirds’ frontline.
Rickie Lambert had been through a memorable journey scoring 214 goals in 589 League appearances in his career, starting with Blackpool in 1998. He then went on to feature for the England Football team 11 times including the 2014 FIFA World Cup, following a dream move to his boyhood club Liverpool FC.