Defender Abdoulaye Meite of Côte D'Ivoire has been snapped up by West Bromwich Albion from Bolton for £2 million (€2.6 million) on a three-year contract. The Baggies also have an option for a further year for 27-year-old Meite and the fee could rise to £2.5 million based on performance-related conditions.
Meite, who was also wanted by Hull, becomes Albion manager Tony Mowbray's eighth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gianni Zuiverloon, Marek Cech, Scott Carson, Roman Bednar, Luke Moore, Kim Do-heon and Graham Dorrans.
He was a regular for the Trotters for a season and a half after joining from Marseille two years ago, but the arrival of Gary Cahill from Aston Villa in January limited his opportunities in the first team. In all he made 56 league appearances for Bolton without ever finding the net.
The Paris-born centre-half, who can also play at full-back, came to prominence after joining Marseille in 2001 and played for the French giants in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
He also featured for Côte D'Ivoire at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and is a veteran of two CAF African Nations Cups.