Irish midfielder Keith Andrews has got the move he wanted and signed for West Brom – but striker Leon Best has turned down the chance to play for Celtic.

Andrews completed a switch to West Brom from Blackburn just hours before the transfer window closed on Tuesday night.

The Dubliner has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season with an option to renew.
He had become increasingly frustrated with a lack of first team opportunities at Blackburn and spent most of this season on loan at Ipswich.

“I am delighted to be a West Brom player now and really looking forward to it,” said Andrews.
“The European Championships are coming up this summer and I need to be playing football to stay in Giovanni Trapattoni’s plans.”


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Baggies manager Roy Hodgson told Albion’s official website “Keith is a player I know well and have admired for several years.

“He is a flexible midfielder who can play in a number of roles across midfield. He will bring experience to the squad and also has a good goalscoring record.

“We’re delighted to have him on board as we look to achieve our primary target, which is to secure a third successive season of Barclays Premier League football.”

Best meanwhile turned down the chance to move to Glasgow Celtic on deadline day after manager Neil Lennon had agreed a transfer fee with Newcastle United.

The Irish striker travelled to Scotland but rejected the move for personal reasons.

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