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Albion consider Tchoyi for striker role

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Albion could turn Cameroon international Somen Tchoyi into a full-time striker next season.

Albion could turn Cameroon international Somen Tchoyi into a full-time striker next season.

The Baggies are considering converting the 28-year-old into a centre-forward, after his hat-trick inspired a comeback from 3-0 down to 3-3 on the final day of last season at Newcastle.

Assistant boss Michael Appleton revealed: "He has played there a couple of times for Cameroon. When they have played three up front he has started in wide areas but come into central areas.

"He has looked a threat when we have seen him do that on international duty, so it has been on our minds a little bit and we might have found a tool we can use for next season.

"Newcastle was incredible and it was great for him. In the first-half he threatened a little bit in wide areas but, as soon as we put him into central areas, he caused havoc and could have had another couple of goals."

The Baggies are looking to add to their attacking options to take the pressure of Peter Odemwingie, who was last season's leading scorer with 15 goals.

But they are not actively pursuing a deal for Sweden international Ola Toivonen, who was linked with the Hawthorns today in reports in his homeland.

Albion have watched the 24-year-old, who was a target for Roy Hodgson during his time at Liverpool, but a concrete move appears to be unlikely with PSV Eindhoven reportedly slapping a price of more than £10million on him.

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Meanwhile, Turkish club Bursaspor were today deciding whether to step up their interest in Albion goalkeeper Scott Carson.

They have already held talks with the Baggies about the 25-year-old, but have yet to lodge a bid and are considering alternatives.

These include West Ham's Robert Green, Glasgow Rangers' Allan McGregor and Brazilian keeper Diego Costa Silva of Vitoria Setubal in Portugal.

Carson has just a year remaining on his contract and has not been offered an extension.

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