West Brom rival Norwich for Ola Toivonen

Premier League rivals Norwich have agreed a £4million fee for West Brom target Ola Toivonen – but the Baggies have not given up on signing the PSV Eindhoven ace.

Ola Toivonen

The 26-year-old striker is a long-standing target at the Hawthorns, but the Canaries have made the first move for the Sweden international by striking a deal with his club.

He is chasing a switch to the Premier League but PSV’s technical director Marcel Brands hinted the story has some way to run after confirming the agreement with Norwich.

He said: "There is real interest in Toivonen but, more-over, from more clubs than Norwich."

The experienced frontman is available for a cut-price £4million, as he prepares to enter the final year of his PSV contract openly expressing his dissatisfaction with the team’s style of football.

He said last week when asked about a move to the English top flight: “It is always interesting. I don’t know, it's hard to say what league would suit me. It depends on which team you come to.

“There are teams who like to play long balls and those who like to play by the ground. I prefer the latter.”

That fits the bill for West Brom, where it's also impossible to ignore that he shares an agent – former Sweden striker Martin Dahlin – with current players Jonas Olsson and Markus Rosenberg.

The speculation about Toivonen comes as other transfer-seeking overseas stars were linked to the club.

Anderlecht forward Dieumerci Mbokani, who West Brom’s scouts have watched twice, has followed up reports of interest by admitting he also wants a move to England.

He has been publicly recommended by pal Romelu Lukaku, who will at least start the pre-season firmly entrenched in the plans of new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

That has fuelled an inevitable rush of speculation about who West Brom will turn to should the Belgian star win a permanent place in Mourinho’s plans.

Also, reports in Spain maintain that head coach Steve Clarke is keen on a player he knows well from his Chelsea days, Portugal midfielder Tiago, 32, who is poised to leave Atletico Madrid.

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Comments for: "West Brom rival Norwich for Ola Toivonen"


I like the idea of Tiago as he was awsome for Chelsea back in the day.

Medway Baggie


I tried to reply on the other thread. I'm not sure if the mods allow it, but I use my radio ham callsign which is G1CBK on the uk version of yahoo. I would be happy to give you a ride if I do a single day run to the Hawthorns.


Its interesting to hear other players recommending West brom to other players, it tells its own story. That combined with finishing eighth last season hopefully helps the club get the targets we want.

Jack ♣ Hat.


The players mentioned would be good for us and the prices will be within our guide lines, mate. When the time is right our trusted powers will do the busyness. There are many players who will have to be patient whilst ALBION consider the options, if they can't wait, that is there problem. They must remember they would be joining a good Premiership club.


Davo from Wordsley

Looking at the old tinternet this swedish lad looks half decent, but will JP allow Norwich to outbid us???

As for Tiago, at 32years of age, do we really, really want him?

Kev in Mallorca


Did The Manure have any use for Giggs last season?


The Real Bully Hoo.


I'm organising a Sunshine Bus to take the chronically cheerful to games next season. Boogie and Neo have already booked their seats, are you interested?


Well iv never seen him play in real life but he is good on Fifa 13, has 90 rated heading in the air


Got to love this time of year with Agents desperate for a commission and journalists desperate for a story or two. Sure there is truth in some stories but it's a speculator's market at the moment.

One thing is sure we will be equally prudent in recruitment as in previous years - and whose to say the likes of Simpson, Baird, and Cole won't add value just because they come free.

Excited to see what the winds of change eventually bring along to the good ship Albion.

The future's bright - it's blue and white.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Hi AMS, good post.

I hate to keep harping on but I keep hearing Danny Simpson mentioned. Decent player but comes with more baggage than Victoria Beckham. I'd honestly rather keep PO at the club.

spud taylor

yes bully you do harp on dont you, so now a comittee member wants to keep po at the club, are you for real.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Hi BaggieBoy.

Get somebody to read it to you and explain what I actually said, IE that's how disruptive I think Simpson would be.

If you don't like my posts don't read them, the Committee haven't made it compulsory yet.

Anyway if he does come he could team up with Leigh Griffiths and Adam Hammill for nights out.

Jack ♣ Hat.

spud taylor,

Funny how Baggie boy has disappeared over the horizon and a new shower of first time posters hit our site like a cloud of locust, wouldn't you agree. Especially when they talk to exactly the same posters as though they have known them for ages, I'm sure you will agree and then mention the committee in an amazing follow on, without a break in the story line, don't you think. Sorry you have been clocked again with unerring accuracy. Would you like to borrow my handkerchief, there there.

L☺Ls on the wo1-Ves.


1954 baggie

I'm not advocating spending ridiculous sums but feel we need to be a bit more

adventurous, after all the club will have never have been in such a wonderful financial position. Howevever cant see how we can finish much higher.


The lad Toivonen is top drawer. And in today's market a snip at 4m and exactly the level of player we can now aim start aiming for given the stature of us over the past 3 years. Even that extra spot over Swansea can mean so much. Toivonen has a wicked shot and has been a success wherever he's played, not had the full crack at int'l level, mind. But even the wife has fancied him for years... Not sure i'll be bringing her to the Hawthorns should he sign. She can stick to her ice hockey. Agree with tuther folk about Albion recommendations. A good sign indeed.

The Real Bully Hoo.


Don't bother applying for the Sunshine Bus, you're much too positive.

Alan Jones

Carlton Cole free transfer cant get into to his club team, not as good as `arry`s mother, thats more like one of our signings.

CantelloRocket 78

Alan wolfboy-

still singin' yer biggest hit, 'the donkey serenade', down the Mol.?

Wolves are so desperate for a striker, they'd be happy signing Cheryl Cole........

The Real Bully Hoo.

Or even Nat King.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Well guys the geezer with multiple field names takes the biscuit. He must know we all know what he is, yet he still persists with the pretence. He is just like a kid who thinks "If I don't move, no-one will see me". He is a simple case of "Heads gone". Norman Bates lives on. They'll soon be coming to take him away.

Read this below and give me your honest opinion.

Alan Jones

June 13, 2013 10:36 am

Carlton Cole free transfer cant get into to his club team, not as good as `arry`s mother, thats more like one of our signings.

Baggie in Jersey

Dingle Dongle. Go away and salivate over your big name players!!

Mystic Baggy

Morning Peeps

Personally I feel Cole on a free would be good business, he has worked with Clarky in the past and I am sure Clarky can get him back to playing his top game, the sort that got him playing for England. The guy is 29 yrs old, he is a BIG target man and someone whom could fill Lukaku's boots.

We need four decent strikers, but with differing qualities to give us options, Shane has the speed and can work the channels well, maybe give Markus another season to bed in, so look at bringing in OLA and Cole to replace Lukaku and P.O.

Tiago would be a great signing IF he still has the legs for midfield, you never lose the vision though.

I hear Spurs are sniffing around Jonas, so we may need to be prepared there, Chris Baird may be a decent option for us.

I hope we can get the majority of the business done by beginning July, give em time to bed in.


The Real Bully Hoo.

Although I hear we've cooled a bit on Cole Mystic, I tend to agree with you. He'd be a useful player to have in reserve as long as he doesn't expect to stay on massive wages.


Cole no thanks a lazy player that doesn't know where the net is, I agree we need 4 strikers and in my opinion we only have Shane long worthy of one of the spots, Rosenberg hopefully for me will leave .

I keep mentioning his name but let's get hooper from Celtic, being linked with hull at the moment I am sure we could get him for 6/7 mil and he know s where the net is , then two decent back ups and we can start to look to improve further. Lukaku s goals need to be replaced more so than a presence if we are to sustain this top ten place.

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