Popov planning extended West Brom stay

Goran Popov was the final player to check into West Bromwich Albion this summer, and he hopes to stay for longer than his one-year loan deal.

The Macedonian international left-back wants to sign a permanent deal when this one expires. Popov, who joined from Dynamo Kiev, claims Albion had been keeping an eye on him for a while. He told the Birmingham Post:

“I know that West Bromwich wanted me two or three years ago when I was playing in Holland. When I heard they wanted me a second time I said ‘this is a good chance for me to show what I can do’. I’m so happy to sign for West Bromwich, I hope after this one year I will sign for two or three more.”

The 27-year-old signed for Stoke City in August, but the transfer fell through after he failed to be granted a UK work permit. However, the loan move to West Brom went through smoothly, and the Macedonian is eager to make his mark on the Premier League.

“Dynamo usually finishes first or second in Ukraine and as I have a three-year contract there I know – if I go back – I’ll be able to play Champions League football. But I will only have one chance to come to England and I want to use it because I always dreamed of it.”

Popov won’t be the first Macedonian to represent Albion. Artim Sakiri spent a couple of years at Albion between 2003 and 2005. Whether he will debut for West Brom in any of this month’s games – against Fulham, Reading, Liverpool and Aston Villa – remains to be seen.