West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of defender Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee.

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Ridgewell, 27, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and the club have the option to extend it for a further season.

He is capable of operating at centre-back and left-back and becomes West Brom's second signing of the transfer window following the arrival of midfielder Scott Allan from Dundee United.

Ridgewell has not been registered in time for Wednesday's game against Fulham but manager Roy Hodgson is delighted to have brought him to the club.

"We've signed him for the long term, not just for the next game," Hodgson said. "It will be good to have him here. He's been a transfer target since the summer.

"He's a very experienced player. He's left-sided, which is also very useful to us because we don't have many left-sided defenders in the club. He has the added advantage that he is experienced in two positions: left-back and left centre-back.

"He's also used to playing in teams that are under pressure to get results. We're hoping we won't be under that much pressure but, if we are, it will be nice to have someone who has been there before and knows what it's all about."