West Bromwich Albion sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie

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West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Lokomotiv Moscow striker Peter Odemwingie on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Odemwingie, 29, has been drafted in by manager Roberto Di Matteo as he attempts to add a goal threat to the side that lost 6-0 in the opening weekend against Chelsea. After impressing at World Cup 2010 with Nigeria, the versatile attacker - who is comfortable up front or on the wing - has become the sixth new signing for the promoted team.

Speaking to the Baggies' official website, the Italian welcomed the player who has scored 21 goals in 70 starts in Russia.

"I'm delighted to welcome Peter to the club," Di Matteo said.

"He is an exciting international, has a great CV and I'm sure seeing a player of his calibre coming into the club will give everyone a lift.

"Peter has got great pace, is two-footed, scores goals and has good experience at a very high level.

"We've brought him in as a striker but he can also play out wide, which gives me options.

"For example, when he was in France, he played very much up front on his own whereas for Nigeria he's played wide and sometimes in a central role.

"His last game was only last midweek for Nigeria and the Russian league is already underway so he should be in good shape for the challenge ahead."

The race is now on for Odemwingie to receive international clearance in time to be eligible for the weekend match against Sunderland.

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