Fulham have completed the signing of midfielder Zoltán Gera on a free transfer from West Bromwich Albion this afternoon.

The Hungarian international makes the surprise move to London after rejecting a new contract at the Hawthorns. The 29 year-old, who helped the Baggies to the Championship title last season, has agreed a three-year deal at Craven Cottage and passed a medical. Gera becomes Roy Hodgson’s third summer signing after goalkeepers Mark Schwarzer and David Stockdale.

The 29 year-old is believed to have turned down offers from two other Premier League clubs to join the Whites. He scored 25 goals in 155 games for the Baggies after moving to England from Ferencvaros four years ago. He has Premier League experience from his first two seasons in the Midlands and helped Tony Mowbray’s men return to the top flight last term and reach the FA Cup semi-finals, when he hit ten goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.

Mowbray told the Albion official website:

“Having offered Zoltan the best contract the club could at this time, we could do no more. We would like to wish Zoltan all the best in his future career. Everyone at Albion appreciated his professionalism on and off the field.”

The technically-gifted midfielder, who won the Hungarian title twice with Ferencvaros in 2001 and 2004, has been capped 53 times for his country and was voted the Hungarian footballer of the year in 2004 and 2005.