Soccer-West Brom sign Portugal winger Varela


Aug 24 (Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Portugal winger Silvestre Varela on a season-long loan from Porto, the Premier League club announced on Sunday.

The pacey 29-year-old has made 26 appearances for Portugal, scoring five goals including a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup in Brazil.

"Silvestre is a vastly-experienced player, both with Porto and his national team, and I'm delighted we've managed to secure his services," West Brom manager Alan Irvine told the club's official website (

"He's got pace and power, gets his fair share of goals and is also a creator of chances for others. He's a fantastic addition to our squad."

Varela is the 10th close-season signing for West Brom, who have drawn their opening two Premier League games. (Reporting By Tom Hayward, editing by Mark Meadows)

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