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Ideye clear to link up with Baggies

WEST BROM'S club-record signing Brown Ideye will finally link up with his new Baggies team-mates this week after confirming his visa issues have been resolved.

Nigeria striker Ideye signed for Albion just over a fortnight ago for a fee believed to be around £10million, but has been forced to wait in his homeland whilst the matter was cleared.

But via his Twitter account the former Dynamo Kiev forward said: "So happy to announce my Visa has been issued. Will join the team ASAP."

Albion head coach Alan Irvine has described Ideye, who put pen to paper on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season, as "strong, quick and powerful".

Ideye, however, will now have to integrate himself quickly into the squad ahead of Albion's Premier League season-opener at home Sunderland on August 16.

Irvine, meanwhile, is confident of winning a Football Association appeal hearing into a work permit for Cristian Gamboa.

Costa Rica international Gamboa has already agreed personal terms with the Baggies and passed a medical, but his move from Rosenborg has been delayed after failing the required criteria for a permit.

Although Gamboa played in all five of Costa Rica's matches during the World Cup, the 24-year-old falls just short of appearing in 75 per cent of his country's games over the last two years.