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By ESPN Staff
Sep 1, 2008

West Brom swoop for Donk on season-long loan

West Brom have confirmed the signing of AZ Alkmaar defender Ryan Donk on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent deal.

The central defender passed a medical on Monday afternoon before completing his move to the Hawthorns.

The signing of Donk follows the arrivals of his Holland Under-21 team-mate Gianni Zuiverloon and Swedish defender Jonas Olsson from Dutch top-flight sides Heerenveen and NEC Nijmegen respectively.

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray said: 'We've signed a young defender with a good pedigree whose talent has been nurtured for the last two years by Louis van Gaal (AZ manager).

'Ryan is a player I've been monitoring for a few years and, alongside Gianni, he was part of the Dutch Under-21 team which won the European Championships last year.

'Although Ryan is still only 22, he has a huge physical presence and I'm delighted to have added him to our defensive options.

'Leon Barnett and Abdoulaye Meite have done very well in central defence but everyone saw on Saturday how stretched we were in that department when Abou went off injured and Gianni had to move into the middle.

'We've now got plenty of competition for places in that area and I'm sure the fact Ryan knows Gianni really well will help him settle in quickly.'

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