West Brom has finalized the signing of Daryl Dike from Orlando City, the Championship club confirmed on Saturday.
The Baggies are currently in fourth place as they look to make an instant return to the Premier League after relegation last season.
Dike, 21, is considered one of the top young forwards on the United States Men’s National Team and hopes to add some extra firepower to his new club’s promotional offer.
What was said?
“Albion is delighted to confirm the permanent transfer of US international Daryl Dike from Orlando City, subject to international clearance,” West Brom said on the club’s official website.
“The 21-year-old forward, who joins the Baggies for an undisclosed fee, signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the Hawthorns.
“Dike scored 11 goals in 19 MLS appearances last season and won eight caps for his country.
“He is re-teaming head coach Valerian Ismael after sacking Barnsley for the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs with nine goals in 19 appearances during a four-month loan spell at Oakwell last season.”
The bigger picture
Dike was drafted by Orlando City in 2020 and made an instant impact in MLS, scoring eight goals in 17 games in his first season and finishing third in the league’s Young Player of the Year vote.
He continued his fine form in 2021, impressing both with Orlando and during his time on league loan with Barnsley while helping USMNT claim the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
“I’m glad we completed Dike’s transfer,” Ismael pointed out.
“He has always been our first target and priority. There is a lot of teamwork that has gone into this deal and I personally want to thank Mr Lai, Ken, Ron Gourlay and Ian Pearce for making it so quick. They all worked really hard on the transfer.
“Dike has everything we need from the No.9 position. He’s got energy, he’s got strength – he challenges defenders – and he scores goals.
“I worked with him at Barnsley and I know him very well. He has the mentality. He’s 21 and still a young player, but he’s got a lot of experience.