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West Brom sign loans for Menseguez and Mulumbu

West Bromwich Albion have completed a beat-the-deadline loan swoops for winger Juan Carlos Menseguez from Argentine Primera Division champions San Lorenzo and Youssouf Mulumbu from French club Paris St Germain.

The 24-year-old Menseguez has joined on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move, from ten-times Argentine champions.

The relevant paperwork was processed literally seconds before the winter transfer window closed at 5pm.

Menseguez will be available to make his Premier League debut against Newcastle United at the Hawthorns on Saturday subject to international clearance being granted.

He made 14 appearances for San Lorenzo during the Primera Division Apertura, which finished late December.

The Cordoba-born player helped his team tie on points with Boca Juniors and Tigre at the top of the 19-game championship to force a three-way play-off, before finishing third on goal difference.

The pacey wideman also has experience of competing in the Copa Libertadores - South America's equivalent of the Champions League. He started his career as a junior at South-American giants River Plate and penned his first professional contract in 2002.

Menseguez joined Wolfsburg on loan during the 2003-04 campaign and sealed a permanent move to the German outfit the following season. After three seasons in the Bundesliga, Menseguez returned to Argentina to join then-Primera Division Clausura champions San Lorenzo in 2007.

In total, Menseguez has made 136 career league appearances, including 53 as a substitute, scoring ten times.

West Brom's deal fro defensive midfielder Mulumbu is also a loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Kinshasa and has been capped seven times by the Democratic Republic of Congo, becomes the Baggies' third signing of the transfer window after Jay Simpson and Marc-Antoine Fortune, who have also joined on loan.

Mulumbu signed his first professional contract with PSG in 2006 and went on to make 68 appearances for the Ligue 1 club, scoring once.

Mulumbu spent last season on loan at Ligue 2 outfit Amiens, for whom he played 23 matches.

Baggies boss Tony Mowbray appears to consider the player one for the future, describing him as a ''young player with potential...who won't instantly impact on our first team'', on the club's website.

Mulumbu is not eligible for the FA Cup replay against Burnley on Tuesday but could make his debut against Newcastle on Saturday.


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