Barry signs for West Brom

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry has signed for West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who had one year left on his Everton contract, arrived at the Hawthorns on an initial one-year deal.

Barry missed Everton’s Premier League opener against Stoke on Saturday with an ankle injury.

The 36-year-old has racked up 628 Premier League appearances in 21 seasons with Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton. He is five appearances short of Ryan Giggs’ all-time record of 632 EPL games.

“I want to come and help the team. That’s always been the same for me wherever I have played,” Barry said. “I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.”

West Brom boss Tony Pulis said the experienced former England international would fill the hole left by former captain Darren Fletcher, who left for Stoke in the summer.

“There was a big void when we lost ‘Fletch’ and Gareth will fill that void,” said Pulis. “He really wants to play and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

“He’s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there.

Barry is West Brom’s fourth signing of the summer after Jay Rodriguez, Zhang Yuning and Ahmed Hegazi.

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