'Great' - Exclusive: Pundit touts West Brom bargain after defender signing confirmed
Michael Brown believes Cedric Kipre could prove to be a bargain signing for West Brom after he completed his move from Wigan Athletic.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder admits the 23-year-old might not be a regular feature in Slaven Bilic’s starting XI but that he may turn out to be a savvy addition.
The Baggies confirmed they had snapped up the Paris-born centre-back from the Latics last week.
Kipré announced. ☑️
We're delighted to welcome defender Cedric Kipré to The Hawthorns on a four-year contract ✍️ pic.twitter.com/BLIPR6HwiE
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 4, 2020
The Express and Star report that the fee paid by the newly-promoted side is around £900,000.
Brown insists it is going to be a steep learning curve for Kipre in the Premier League but that he could turn out to be a great value for money signing for the club.
“I think what it is is a player who had a great record towards the end of the season with Wigan Athletic,” Brown told Football Insider.
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“It will be a big ask for him to jump to the Premier League but he looks good value, looks a player they can bring on and continue (his development) so I see it – will he play, I’m not sure – but you can see it’s another signing to strengthen the side at not a lot of money.”
Kipre played 37 times for Wigan last season but was unable to keep the Latics from suffering relegation after they entered administration.
He has 74 Championship games under his belt to date, while he also played 32 times in Scotland’s top flight with Motherwell.
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