20 July 2019
West Bromwich Albion have today completed the signing of Semi Ajayi from Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old became the third recruit of the summer window after he agreed a four-year contract with the Baggies.
Measuring in at an imposing 6ft 5in, Semi followed 6ft 2in Kenneth Zohore into the building to certainly add even more height to Albion’s numbers.
Ajayi caught the eye in both games against the Baggies last season, a campaign which saw him achieve his best goals tally with eight in all competitions.
At home either in defence or as a defensive midfielder, Ajayi has grabbed the No.6 shirt for the forthcoming Sky Bet Championship campaign.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” he said. “I want to play at the highest level and I have joined a club with the ambition to get there.
“I want to play my part in helping the team get promoted because that is definitely the target.”
Ajayi started his career at Charlton Athletic, earning his first professional contract in January 2012 after progressing through the ranks at The Valley.
He spent a month on loan at then-National League team Dartford while with The Addicks but, despite not yet playing for Charlton’s first-team, he was recruited by Arsenal’s Academy in September 2013.
In a couple of years at The Emirates he featured for the senior side in friendly matches and was an unused substitute during a number of Premier League fixtures.
Ajayi went on loan to Cardiff towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign and was then signed permanently from the Gunners that summer.
Temporary spells at AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra were on the agenda at the Bluebirds and, after a third loan away from the South Wales club at Rotherham, United secured his services permanently in the summer of 2017.
Ajayi, who was born in London to Nigerian parents, was given his senior Super Eagles debut in September 2018 – coming on in the second half of a 3-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win against Seychelles.
He has since gone on to make six appearances for Nigeria.
Versions of this report were first published on the official West Brom website.