Football: Arsenal's fire sale commences as Kieran Gibbs heads to West Brom in £7m deal

A 2016 file photo shows Kieran Gibbs in action for Arsenal. PHOTO: AFP

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - West Bromwich Albion have signed left-back Kieran Gibbs from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a four-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who has 10 caps for England, made more than 200 appearances for Arsenal over more than a decade at the north London club.

No fee was disclosed, but British media reported that Gibbs cost around £7 million (S$12 million).

"I would like to thank (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfil a dream!!" Gibbs said on Twitter.

"Now it's time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can't wait to get started with the boys."

Gibbs is West Brom's sixth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Oliver Burke, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez.

The club also signed China international striker Zhang Yuning who has been loaned to German Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

"I'm delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level," West Brom chairman John Williams told the club website. (

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