Shane Long has completed his transfer to Hull City.
The Republic of Ireland international is believed to have joined the Tigers for deal which could net Albion up to £7m.
The former Reading man, who had 18 months left on his contract, scored 22 goals for the Baggies in 87 appearances after joining the club in August 2011.
Long was offered a new deal at The Hawthorns last year. However, after twice being offered improved terms, Long rejected a new deal and the club decided to cash in.
Sporting and Technical Director Richard Garlick claims new head coach Pepe Mel was fine with the exit of Albion’s No.9 only days after his own arrival at the club.
“We looked at the striking options we’ve got and the ability we have to go into the transfer market and we’re comfortable in making that decision,” said Garlick.
“When Pepe looked at the squad and the club he was very pleased with it.
“We’ve assessed it, gone through and went through that process when we appointed him and he is more than happy with the options we’ve got.
“If we felt we needed to do something in the transfer window then we would look at doing that but they would be short-term solutions.”
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