Bottom-of-the-table Albion were today attempting a beat-the-deadline swoop for Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon after signing Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille.
The French club confirmed late last night the Baggies had signed 28-year-old France international wideman Amalfitano on loan with an option to buy next summer.
And Hawthorns officials will attempt to add more attacking players to Steve Clarke’s squad before tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline with Black Cats outcast Sessegnon a prime target.
Clarke is desperate for more new faces to boost his side, who sit bottom of the Premier League with one point and no goals from their opening three matches following yesterday’s 2-0 home defeat by Swansea.
He said: “Morgan is a technical player with good quality on the ball. He also has fantastic work-rate and we believe his game is well suited to the Premier League.
“Morgan’s arrival will increase competition in midfield and add more quality and depth to the squad.”
Amalfitano has become the Baggies’ fourth loan recruit of the summer after flying to England for talks yesterday. He was first watched by Albion four years ago when he played for Lorient, having previously featured for Sedan.
Amalfitano, who won his one and only France cap in a friendly against Germany in 2012, can play as a central midfielder but has spent most of his career out wide.
Sessegnon, 29, is available for £5m with the Baggies believed to be looking at a club-record permanent switch, although they have one of their two permitted domestic loans free.
The Benin international has been told he can leave the Stadium of Light in the wake of his arrest for drink driving in Newcastle last week. He appears before magistrates next month.
Hawthorns sources have played down links with Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe while reports from Holland claim PSV winger Georginio Wijnaldum has rejected Albion and Cardiff, who asked about a loan deal.
Albion were today sweating on the fitness of James Morrison and Graham Dorrans who withdrew from the Scotland squad to face Belgium on Friday after picking up injuries in yesterday’s defeat by Swansea.