Wigan Athletic defender completes Premier League move

Premier League new-boys West Brom have completed the signing of Wigan Athletic defender Cedric Kipre for around £1million.
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Cedric Kipre

The 23-year-old has spent two years with Latics after joining from SPL outfit Motherwell in the summer of 2018.

He was an integral part of the backline during the second half of last season that was one of the meanest in the Championship.

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But Latics' well-documented cash problems, as a result of being placed into administration, have forced the sale.

Kipre made 77 appearances for Latics, scoring two goals.

“I heard of the interest a month ago and the head of recruitment spoke to me, and I had to be patient with it, but finally I’m here - I am happy,” said Kipre.

“It’s a big club and the chance to play in the Premier League was what attracted me.

"My goal was to play in this division by the age of 25, and I’m only 23 so I’m grateful for the chance.

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“I’m expecting to learn a lot from Slaven (Bilic) because he played in the same position and he can teach me areas to progress.”

Albion Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling added: “I believe we’ve signed someone in Cedric who has got the potential to really establish himself as a Premier League defender.

“He was part of a Wigan team that, from the turn of the year, produced results which would have placed them in the Championship’s top three and Cedric was a very impressive figure in that run of form.

“He has been on our target list for some time. We are delighted to get the deal done and look forward to watching him progress.”