Popov keen to make loan spell at West Brom permanent

The Macedonian is delighted to have moved to the Hawthorns on a season's loan from Dynamo Kiev and is targeting a stay at the Baggies beyond that of his initial deal

West Brom loanee Goran Popov has expressed his delight at making the move to the Premier League and hopes to remain at the Hawthorns beyond the end of the season.

The Dynamo Kiev left-back finally completed the switch to Steve Clarke's side on transfer deadline day after the move had initially been held up by work permit issues.

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The Macedonia international is now raring to get underway at West Brom and compete against Liam Ridgewell for a place in the Baggies starting line-up.

"I know that West Bromwich wanted me two or three years ago when I was playing in Holland," Popov told the Birmingham Post.

"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."

Popov is initially on loan for the season from Dynamo Kiev, but is hopeful he can extend his stay despite the promise of European football with his parent club.

He added: "I hope after this one year I will sign for two or three more.

"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 was original due to join Stoke City on loan earlier this summer, but the move failed after his application for a work permit was rejected.