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West Brom close in on £4.75million Valero

Real Mallorca midfielder Borja Valero is set to join West Brom Albion within the next 24 hours for a club record £4.75 million.

Albion will not announce that a deal has been formally completed for the 23-year-old Spaniard until one or two loose ends have been tied up - but club sources are confident the deal will go ahead tomorrow.

And his representative Martan Paledes is adamant that a four-year deal has been agreed with West Brom.

Paledes said: 'This has gone through with West Brom and we are very pleased. Borja is really pleased and relishing the chance to play in the Premier League in England.'

Valero began his career during the youth ranks at Real Madrid before making his senior debut in a Spanish Cup match against Ecija Balompie in October 2006.

He also came on as a substitute in a Champions League match against Dinamo Kiev later in the same season.

But 12 months ago Valero signed a five-year contract with Real Mallorca following his release by the Spanish giants.

He registered his first La Liga goal in a 7-1 home win over Recreativo de Huelva in March and then scored against his former team in a 1-1 home draw the following month.

Valero impressed Albion boss Tony Mowbray in a pre-season friendly 10 days ago at the Hawthorns and his Mallorca team-mates Nunes and Oscar Trejo have also been linked strongly with moves to the Premier League club.

But Baggies sources are adamant that, only Nunes has been watched, no bid has been made for the player.

It has been clear Valero's future was no longer with Mallorca after expressing a desire to leave.

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