STEVE BRUCE has seen off fierce competition from rival Championship clubs to sign former Millwall right winger Jed Wallace.
The 28-year-old is regarded as one of the Championship’s best free signings this summer after allowing his Lions’ contract to run down.
“Jed will be a massive asset to our team, and I’m absolutely delighted to get him through the door,” said the Baggies’ boss.
“He is somebody who I’ve admired for a long time and have tried to sign before.
“He’s got pace, power, penetration in the final third and, above all, is a top pro.
“To have secured our two primary targets in Jed and John Swift is terrific, and to get these deals both done before the squad return for pre-season is testament to the hard work being done behind the scenes by Ron Gourlay and the recruitment team.”
But Bruce managed to welcome him to the Albion family – thanks to some family ties.
Bruce’s son-in-law, Salford striker Matt Smith, is good friends with Wallace and may have played a part in convincing the winger to put his Wolves past to one side.
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Wallace joined Milwall permanently in 2017 after two loan spells with the Lions from Wolves.
The winger was capped once at England U20 level.