West Brom completed one of the surprise transfers of the summer window so far as their official website announced the signing of promising Scottish midfielder Oliver Burke on a five-year contract.
The 20-year-old winger will join up with the Baggies for an undisclosed fee, becoming Tony Pulis’ fifth signing of the summer behind Gareth Barry, Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi and Yuning Zhang.
And talking about Burke, the West Brom boss said: “We’re really pleased to get him in – the lad has got a tremendous talent. He’s got a fantastic, raw ability but he has now also got the experience of going away from the comfort of his own area to a foreign country and experiencing life.
“He’s gained the experience of playing for a top club in the Bundesliga with top coaches. That will have broadened his horizons and been good for his development.”
Burke was a product of the Nottingham Forest academy before securing a huge move to German outfit RB Leipzig last season, making 17 Bundesliga appearances and helping them to the Champions League.
The highly-rated Scotsman could be made available in time to feature against Stoke City on Sunday.
West Brom announced the news on Friday morning in comical fashion…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 25, 2017
And the general consensus was that it’s an excellent bit of business…
Good signing for #WBA, Oliver Burke has real talent
— Goodbrand Stats (@StatsChristian) August 25, 2017
@WBA fans. You have got yourselfs a hella of a good player in Ollie Burke. Look after him & appreciate him.
— Trevor Smith (@MrSmithInNotts) August 25, 2017
Burke is a cracking signing for West Brom.
— Stu (@_stuhamilton) August 25, 2017
Oliver Burke going to West Brom is a good move for him! The boy demands a big price tag, £15 million! Very interested to see how he gets on
— BootYurBall (@BootyurBall) August 25, 2017
With West Brom fans in particular thrilled by Tony Pulis’ attacking move…
Burke is a great signing. just what we needed. #wba
— Francis segnitz (@FrancisWba) August 25, 2017
Phillips one side, Burke the other. Driving at defenders this excites me!
— Gavin Poulton (@gavin_poulton) August 25, 2017
Can't believe we've signed Oliver Burke. Props to Albion for keeping it close to their chest #WBA
— Tango Oscar Mike (@tjdubss) August 25, 2017
Absolutely buzzing. Oliver Burke. Massively under the radar that, fiver year deal, class addition.
— Brad Poole (@BradPoole71) August 25, 2017
Rivals clubs linked with Burke – Crystal Palace especially – were not happy though…
"West brom sign Burke" cheers palace.
— E.F (@EanFlood9) August 25, 2017
When West Brom beat you to apparently 'nailed on' players you know there's something not right #cpfc
— Kelly Wright (@KellyGerrish) August 25, 2017
Yet, as always, not everybody is convinced by the 20-year-old…
Burke couldn't hack it in the Bundesliga. Doubt he will, in the PL, then.
— Mané Garrincha (@VickieOfficiel) August 25, 2017
Oliver Burke moved to Leipzig to help progress his career but then after he helps them qualify for the champions league moves to West Brom?
— Tom Raynor (@TOMLUFC1995) August 25, 2017
Oliver Burke to WBA is the worst signing made this summer. the kid has huge, huge potential but Pulis will completely ruin him. Sad #wba
— callum (@WoodyWonderland) August 25, 2017
Although one guy was already making huge comparisons with a Real Madrid star…
West Brom have made a decent signing in Oliver Burke. Could potentially be the next Bale. Very similar and direct player
— Joseph Lamb (@JoeLamb92) August 25, 2017
What do you think West Brom fans? Will Burke fit in nicely? Let us know below.