Fulham have finally completed the free signing of midfielder Zoltan Gera from West Brom after the Hungarian passed a medical today.
Albion manager Tony Mowbray admitted two days ago that Gera, 29, had turned down a new contract at The Hawthorns and was leaving the newly-promoted Baggies to join Fulham, who dramatically avoided relegation from the Barclays Premier League on the last day of the season.
Gera, who scored 25 goals in 155 games for the midlanders, including 10 strikes last term in their latest promotion campaign, cost them £1.5m when signed from Hungary’s Ferencvaros in July 2004.
He has won 53 caps for his country and has often captained them.
Gera recovered from a hernia operation which kept him out for a long spell in 2005 to emerge as one of the Baggies’ most outstanding recent performers and Fulham have jumped in front of at least two other Premier League contenders for his signature.
He is Fulham manager Roy Hodgson’s third signing of the season – after goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer on a free from Middlesbrough, and David Stockdale, who joined for a small fee from League Two Darlington.