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May 16, 2022

Soccer: Tamas in Premiere League

West Bromwich Albion have exercised their option to sign Gabriel Tamas from Auxerre. The Romania international will be registered officially as a “Baggies” player on a permanent basis on July 1, the website of the Premier League team informs. He joined the club on loan in January and, after making his debut against Nottingham Forest, was a Coca-Cola Championship ever-present. The centre-half made 25 appearances, including one as a substitute, and scored in 1-1 draws at Reading and Crystal Palace.

“His outstanding displays at the heart of defence were key to Albion’s surge towards clinching the second automatic promotion place”, the website wba.co.ok writes. Albion had an £800,000 option on the Auxerre player, which will be now exercised by “the Baggies”, making him the club’s first summer signing. Roberto di Matteo, the manager of West Bromwich, speaking about Tamas said, quoted by birminghammail.net: “Technically, we’re not allowed to announce it but we have signed him.” Gabriel Sebastian Tamas (born November 9, 1983 in Brasov) is a Romanian football defender. Tamas started his career at native clubs in lower divisions. In the summer of 2002 he transferred to Dinamo Bucuresti, and a year later went to Galatasaray.

He then moved to FC Spartak Moscow in January 2004, but was loaned back to Dinamo Bucuresti in summer 2004, returning to Spartak in January 2006. On July 12, 2009 the Romanian central defender signed his contract with Dinamo Bucuresti for another season, his loan deal with French club AJ Auxerre has been extended. He was also elected captain of the team by his teammates. On 1 January 2010 Tamas signed for West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut on 8 January in a 3–1 loss to Nottingham Forest. He scored his first goal for West Brom against Reading on 27 March 2010.

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