Chelsea's Lukaku joins West Brom on loan

Updated: 11 August 2012 11:35 IST

Chelsea's teenage striker Romelu Lukaku joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a season's loan on Friday.

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Chelsea's teenage striker Romelu Lukaku joined Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on a season's loan on Friday.

Lukaku has struggled to make his mark at Stamford Bridge since an £18 million ($28 million ) transfer from Anderlecht last year and the Belgian international has opted for a switch to the Hawthorns in his search for first-team action.

The 19-year-old was prevented from being loaned out last season under FIFA rules, having already played for Anderlecht, but those barriers were lifted this summer, much to Lukaku's delight.

"I'm very excited. After last season, where I was able to adjust and prepare for this season, I can't wait to start at West Brom," he told Chelsea TV.

"It's very important because, like Chelsea, West Brom play in the Premier League, but it will also be a good learning school for me where I need to work hard with the players around me.

"I've heard a lot of positives about Steve Clarke here and it will be important for me to listen and learn from him. He plays good football."

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