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West Brom boss Bryan Robson has made Matias Almeyda his first signing since taking charge at The Hawthorns.

Skysports.com revealed earlier this month that West Brom had lined up a move for the Argentine international.

Almeyda arrives at West Brom on a free transfer after an ill-fated short spell with Brescia.

The former Lazio man joined Brescia in the summer, but had his contract cancelled by mutual consent after a falling out with the club.

Robson is keen to reshape the West Brom squad and Almeyda could be the first of many new signings during the January transfer window

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Great signing. I hope he can add some much needed steel to the midfield and let BR play Gera as an attacking midfielder rather than out wide.

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I havent seen him lately but sure he's a great player, maybe out of form for now but he can help WBA.
Who's next to follow him ? maybe a striker ?

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I think 2 centre backs who can play football rather than the two we have who hoof and miss out the midfield.

And a new right back if Contra is to play R Mid.
Bernt Haas just cant cut it alas.

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From the Mirror

Martin Rogers

BRYAN ROBSON has pinned his hopes of leading West Brom to Premiership
survival on controversial Argentina star Matias Almeyda.

The Albion boss is set to finalise a deal to bring in Almeyda on a
free transfer today after the midfielder fell out at Serie A side

He was embroiled in a huge row there in November as fans vented their
fury at his poor performances.

Claiming the 31-year-old was not showing enough commitment to the
cause, a group of fans stormed the club's training ground and tried
to attack him.

The supporters broke down a gate before racing to confront Almeyda,
who was forced to make a rapid exit.

He then announced he would refuse to play for the club again,
insisting not enough had been done to guarantee his safety.

Almeyda said: "I do not believe this club has any interest in
protecting me. I became convinced when the fans broke down the gate
and came for me. Maybe it is not the fans who are the problem, but
the people who allow them on to the pitch.

"They were allowed on to the training field three times in nine days - for me that is not normal."

The player then refused to play again for the Serie A side,
withdrawing himself from the following game against Chievo and
spending the last six weeks on the sidelines.

He had only agreed to join Brescia after ripping up a contract he had
signed with Argentinian side Independiente earlier this year.

Before he had even kicked a ball for Independiente he took off for
Italy, claiming his father had been targeted by gangsters in a kidnap

When the West Brom deal is rubber-stamped today, there will be little
sorrow at Brescia, who are glad to see the back of him.

President Gino Corioni said: "Matias did not feel loved by the public
anymore and that is why he didn't want to play.

"If he wants to leave us, then you will not see me crying."

Almeyda is set to become Robson's first signing since he replaced
Gary Megson at the Hawthorns and the boss hopes he can turn around
the club's season.

West Brom have managed just one point in six games under Robson and
are bottom of the Premiership with only 10 points.

If Almeyda can reproduce the sort of form he showed at the height of
his career, then Albion could have unearthed one of the bargains of
the season.

After being signed by Sven Goran Eriksson in 1998, he helped Lazio to
the Italian league and Cup double two years later.

He was involved in a bust-up with Chelsea during a Champions League
match in 2000.

He has played for his country 40 times and at his best was a
dominating defensive midfielder who could also score goals.

When Hernan Crespo joined Lazio from Parma three years ago, Almeyda
went the other way as part of the deal and was then valued at £14.5m.



1991: Makes debut for River Plate, aged 17.

1996: Signed by Seville in Spain and wins first cap for Argentina.

1997: Signed by Sven Goran Eriksson for Lazio.

2000: Key member of Lazio side that wins the Italian Double.

2001: Joins Parma while Hernan Crespo goes to Lazio in same deal.

2002: Goes to Inter Milan but struggles to settle.

June 2004: Returns to Argentina to play for Independiente but rips up
his contract before playing a game, claiming his father has been
targeted by kidnappers.

July 2004: Signed by Brescia and starts promisingly.

October 2004: Falls out with Brescia coach Gianni Di Biasi.

November 2004: Attacked by fans at club's training ground and vows
never to play for Brescia again.

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Almeyda :rolleyes:
I guess he can be a good signing for WBA as was expected with Brescia this season. He freakin got pissed off because supporters were allowed to watch the team training! He is a good player but he lacks commitment, playing for Brescia/WBA is different than Inter Milan.

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Robie backs Almeyda move Dec 24 2004

By Chris Lepkowski, Evening Mail

Bryan Robson today insisted he had no qualms about taking a gamble on
Matias Almeyda - despite Albion still waiting for the transfer to be

The Argentinian has returned to his homeland for Christmas with The
Baggies hopeful he will sign a pre-contractual agreement within the next few
days - enabling him to link-up with the squad on January 4.

If Almeyda signs, as expected, he will arrive at The Hawthorns with
plenty of baggage, having fallen out with previous club Brescia.

But Robson, who is preparing his side for the Boxing Day clash against
Liverpool, is unconcerned with the negative press Almeyda has received.

"The reports that we've signed him are not 100 per cent correct," said
the Baggies boss.

"Almeyda hasn't put pen to paper yet but we are a long way down the
road into that signing and hopefully will go through with that.

"It's a bit hypothetical to talk about him as he hasn't signed for us
yet, but as far as his character is concerned I've no problems with that."

Robson is urging his side to rise to the occasion against Liverpool as
they did against Arsenal and for the first half against Manchester United.

The Baggies snatched an unlikely draw at Highbury - Robson's only
point in his opening six matches - and were going well against United until
their side was depleted by first-half injuries to Cosmin Contra and Darren
Moore, helping Sir Alex Ferguson's men to ease to a 3-0 win.

"We will have to be right up for the game and our concentration levels
will need to be a lot higher than they were against Birmingham or we will
get beaten," he added.

"It's a big game for us but the lads have shown they can rise to the

"We have to sustain that level for 90 minutes."

Meanwhile, Inamoto is set to be granted his one-month loan move to
Cardiff, after Robson revealed he was concerned with the player's lack of
progress from his broken leg.

"He hasn't shown enough in training so Lennie Lawrence (Cardiff
manager) said he would like to use him for a month," added Robson.

"With all the Christmas games coming up that will be a better way for
me to have a look at him.

"He needs to play football and if he can impress me by playing for
Cardiff well then we will be looking to bring him back here."

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Robson - I am so Keane on Almeyda Dec 26 2004

By Ben Mottram, Sunday Mercury

Bryan Robson hopes potential signing Matias Almeyda can be Albion's
very own version of Roy Keane.

The Baggies boss is confident he can tie up a deal with the
controversial Argentina star by January 1 to make him his first signing at
The Hawthorns since taking over from Gary Megson.

Almayda, a dominating defensive midfielder, has spent the last six
weeks on the sidelines after vowing never to play for Italian side Brescia
again after fans stormed the club's training ground and tried to attack him
to vent their fury over his performances.

But Robson insists he has no problem with the tough-tackling
Argentine's attitude and claims he can be the missing ingredient in midfield
as he bids to keep rock bottom Baggies in the Premiership.

"At this club all we've got is attack-minded midfielders, we haven't
got one defensive player and because of the balance of the squad we need
someone like Almeyda," he said.

"We don't win anywhere near enough tackles in the mid-field, it's not
the natural game of the people we have.

"Players like Jonathan Greening, Zoltan Gera, Jason Koumas and Andy
Johnson are all similar players who like to get forward and do a little bit
on the ball.

"None of them are particularly strong defenders or powerful in the

"I need someone to do the unglamorous work and Almeyda relishes that
type of game, hopefully he can be our Roy Keane.

"We'd all love a Steven Gerrard in our team but you're not going to
get him.

"But Almeyda is a proven international player with a great pedigree
and I've seen a lot of him when he's played for Argentina, he's the type of
player I need."

The 31-year-old Almayda, who began his career with River Plate before
moving to Spanish side Sevilla and then Italians Lazio, is available on a

Albion have yet to win any of Robson's six games in charge and are at
the foot of the Premiership with just 10 points as they entertain Liverpool
this evening.

And Robson revealed he held clear the air talks with his players after
their 4-0 derby debacle at Birmingham and is hoping to see a vastly improved
display against the Merseysiders.
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