Hal Robson-Kanu's West Brom move will help Wales, says Chris Gunter

Chris Gunter (left) with Hal Robson-Kanu
Chris Gunter (left) celebrates Hal Robson-Kanu's goal in Wales' 2-1 win over Slovakia in Euro 2016

Hal Robson-Kanu's deadline day move to West Brom will benefit Wales, according to team-mate Chris Gunter.

Forward Robson-Kanu, who starred for Wales in Euro 2016, was a free agent after leaving Reading in May.

Wales start their World Cup qualifying campaign at home to Moldova on Monday, and manager Chris Coleman has said Robson-Kanu's time without a club could hamper his chances of playing.

"He's back in the Premier League, it's a good move for him," said Gunter.

"We've always said it's only good for Welsh football and for this squad when we have players playing at the top level, and we've got another one now in Hal."

Gunter and Robson-Kanu were Reading team-mates for four years before the latter left once his contract expired at the end of last season.

Having helped Wales reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals with two goals in France, the 27-year-old said he had offers "from around the world".

Robson-Kanu's defining moment of the campaign was his brilliant goal in the quarter-final win over Belgium, which was voted the best goal of the tournament by Match of the Day viewers.

However, he remained without a club until West Brom secured his signing shortly before the summer transfer window shut on Wednesday night.

Robson-Kanu was given permission to leave Wales training to hold talks with the Baggies, and he has since returned to Cardiff ahead of Wales' 2018 World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

"He should be ready and fresh now for Monday," Gunter joked.

"He was waiting for the right opportunity to come up and it's good now he's settled. Once the Wales game is done next week, he can get back to his new club and really kick on."

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