The 23-year-old Ivorian centre-back has become the latest addition to the Baggies after signing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2024
Newly-promoted Premier League club West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Cedric Kipre from Wigan Athletic on a four-year deal.
The defender was one of the standout performers for the DW Stadium outfit last season, featuring in 36 Championship games.
The Ivorian’s efforts were, however, not enough to help the Latics avoid relegation, following their points deduction after they went into administration.
“I believe we’ve signed someone in Cedric who has got the potential to really establish himself as a Premier League defender,” Luke told the club website.
“He was part of a Wigan team that, from the turn of the year, produced results which would have placed them in the Championship’s top three and Cédric was a very impressive figure in that run of form.
“He has been on our target list for some time. We are delighted to get the deal done and look forward to watching him progress.”
A new home for Cédric. 😁
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 4, 2020
Kipre reveals the opportunity to play in the Premier League and learn from manager Slaven Bilic lured him to sign for West Brom.
“I heard of the interest a month ago and the head of recruitment spoke to me and I had to be patient with it but finally I’m here – I am happy,” Kipre said.
“It’s a big club and the chance to play in the Premier League was what attracted me. My goal was to play in this division by the age of 25 and today I’m 23 so I’m grateful for the chance.
“I’m expecting to learn a lot from Slaven because he played in the same position and he can teach me areas to progress.”
He will hope to help Leicester, who finished fifth in the Premier League last season, compete for the title in the 2020-21 season.