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Ideye 'shocked' by WBA move

21 July 2014, 14:50

Abuja - Brown Ideye has expressed his surprise at his unexpected move to West Bromwich Albion.

Ideye, who had attracted interest from Stoke City and West Ham United, completed an under the radar switch to the Midlands from Dinamo Kyiv and says even he is still in shock.

"It's a little difficult to believe that it has happened and I'm in still in shock right now," Ideye said soon after finalizing the move.

"Things were a little difficult with my former club because they didn't want to let me go, but I'm so happy that everything came through eventually."

Ideye joins Ifeanyi Udeze, Nwankwo Kanu, Osaze Odemwingie and Victor Anichebe as Nigerians who have pulled on the Baggies' blue and white strip but he says he did not speak to Odemwingie before the move.

"No, I did not talk to him. But I'm confident everything will be fine."

In a separate interview, Ideye told naijafootball.com that he was spurred on by his inexplicable omission from Nigeria's World Cup squad.

“It even sounds better for me because I was dropped from Nigeria’s team to the last World Cup and I continued to tell myself that I had to work hard for my career.

“I didn’t just work hard, I believed in myself and I must say I am very excited. It’s really a dream come true for me,” Ideye said.

“I will give my best in every game I play for the club and leave the fans with stuff to dream off every time I play for the club.”

- Kick Off Nigeria

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