West Bromwich Albion have secured the services of striker Brandon Thomas-Asante from Sky Bet League Two outfit Salford City for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old has penned a three-year contract at The Hawthorns and arrives in a rich vein of form, having netted five goals in seven appearances so far this season.
Thomas-Asante, who can also play as a winger, completed his apprenticeship at MK Dons and featured 35 times for the first team before joining Salford in September 2019, scoring 30 goals in 97 starts at Moor Lane, and will now get a chance at Sky Bet Championship level for the first time.
He told the club website: “I’m over the moon to be joining such a big club. It all came about quite quickly but as soon as I spoke to Steve Bruce I realised this was the right place for me.
“I believe I have an eye for goal and I’m confident I can score here and push the team forward. I can’t wait to get started, meet my new team-mates, settle into the area, and show the fans what I’m all about.”
Baggies boss Steve Bruce added: “Brandon is a young, hungry, forward who has shown great desire and a strong mentality to earn his chance at this club.
“He is a strong, pacy player, who has a good record in front of goal, and I am sure he is excited to show people what he can do at this level.
“Brandon further strengthens our attacking options and his versatility to play across our front line will, I’m sure, be of great value as we continue to take on a busy Championship schedule.”
Meanwhile, Salford City’s Class of ’92 commented: “Brandon came to us three years ago having been released from MK Dons, and it’s what we always wanted to do at Salford; bring young players in, give them an opportunity to develop, grow them and preferably get into the Championship with them ourselves.
“But we accept that we’ll lose some players along the way, and obviously while we’re disappointed on a club level to lose someone of Brandon’s personality, commitment and quality, on a personal level for him, a move to West Brom is a great career move.
“It goes without saying that Brandon is one of our favourite sons and will always be welcome back. We’ll miss him dearly but, of course, we wish him all the best in the future.”