Jonny Evans has completed his move to West Brom from Manchester United.
The Northern Ireland centre-half has joined WBA on a four-year deal for what is understood to be an initial £6million, rising to £8million with add-ons.
“This is a great signing for the club,” said Albion boss Tony Pulis, whose side won 1-0 at Stoke on Saturday.
Evans admits Baggies captain Darren Fletcher, the former United midfielder, was a big influence on his decision to sign.
The 27-year-old said: “I spoke to Fletch regularly. I rang him just after he had made the move here from United (in February) and he said how much he was enjoying his football.
“When West Brom came in for me, it definitely had an influence on me. I was able to speak to Fletch quite a few times and he assured me he was still enjoying it.”
Evans has not played for United this season, and he added: “I think there comes a time in everyone’s career when it is good to have a new challenge and mine has come now.
“I think I’m at a good age where I can make an impact, and I wanted the opportunity to do that.”