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West Brom seal Pocognoli deal

West Bromwich Albion have signed Belgium international defender Sebastien Pocognoli from Hannover on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old is the Baggies' fourth signing of the summer after Joleon Lescott from Manchester City, Craig Gardner from Sunderland and most recently Chris Baird from recently-promoted Burnley.

Pocognoli has won 12 caps but missed out on a place in his country's World Cup squad after injury saw him miss the closing weeks of the 2013-14 Bundesliga season.

He previously had spells with Genk, AZ Alkmaar and Standard Liege before joining Hannover at the start of last season.

During his time in the Netherlands Pocognoli was part of the AZ Alkmaar outfit - then managed by incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal - which won the 2008-9 Eredivisie title.