West Brom complete Kozak signing

January 24, 2006

West Brom have compted the loan signing of Slovakian midfielder Jan Kozak for the remainder of the season.

The 6ft 4ins Artmedia Bratislava player impressed boss Bryan Robson on trial and will arrive at The Hawthorns with a view to a permanent deal.

Robson said: 'I was really impressed with Jan when I saw his performances in the Champions League against Porto and Rangers.

'We had him watched and then brought him over for a few days to take a look at him in training.

'Jan is an attacking central midfielder. He is very skilful and can create and score goals. Hopefully, he will bring those attributes into the club.'

The Baggies are still awaiting international clearance for Kozak from the Football Association but expect to have it in place in time for next Tuesday's Barclays Premiership trip to Charlton.

The 25-year-old joined Artmedia in 2003 and scored seven times in 34 games last season as the club won the domestic title for the first time in their 108-year history.

Kozak also played his part in helping Artmedia get past Celtic to qualify for the Champions League group stages earlier this season.

He becomes the third Slovakian international to have signed for Albion in the past five years, following in the footsteps of crowd favourite Igor Balis and loan signing Stanislav Varga.

Kozak will add to the competition in Albion's central midfield where the likes of Ronnie Wallwork, Junichi Inamoto and Darren Carter all failed to impress in Saturday's defeat to Sunderland.