West Brom manager

Darren Bent has urged Premier League newboys West Brom to complete the signing of Branislav Ivanovic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Sunderland striker claimed he used to hate playing against Ivanovic when he was at Chelsea.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic said after West Brom’s 3-0 defeat to Leicester on Sunday that he expected Ivanovic to be at West Brom training on Monday.

The 36-year-old is a free agent after spending three and a half years at Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg where he won a league and cup double last season.

Ivanovic played 261 Premier League games and won the league three times while during his time with Chelsea.

Asked by Football Insider what the impact Ivanovic’s Premier League experience would have in the dressing room, Bent said: “Absolutely massive.

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“You know what, he was the one player I used to absolutely hate playing against. Not only was he good in the air, he was a powerhouse, he was strong, he was quick and I know how much Chelsea fans loved him when he was down there.

“He’s another one that won the absolute lot, the Champions League, the Premier League, Europa League, everything.

“What a signing for West Brom that would be with his experience. Hopefully he’s still got a lot left in the tank.

“What I’m happy about is, he’ll get to play against Chelsea and he’ll get one hell of a send off.

“All Chelsea legends from that era, when they dominated for so long, go back there and get the ovation they deserve.”

In other news, West Brom have been told to snub Rangers raid as talks advance in £16million plus signing.