West Brom swoop for Paul Scharner

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West Bromwich Albion have landed former Wigan Athletic utility-man Paul Scharner.

Scharner, 30, left the Latics when his contract expired at the end of the last campaign and has now penned a two-year deal with the Baggies.

The Austria international arrived in the Premier League from Norwegian side Brann in January 2006 and made over 150 appearances for the DW Stadium outfit.

“He’s a proven Premier League player, having performed consistently for the past four-and-a-half years,” manager Roberto Di Matteo told the club’s official website.

“Paul is a powerful, competitive player who is good on the ball, excellent in both boxes, can play in numerous positions and also chips in with goals.

“He is obviously short of match practice at the moment but when he’s fully up to speed I’m sure his experience will prove invaluable as we strive to establish this club in the Premier League.”

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