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West Brom close to El Ghanassy loan swoop

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West Bromwich Albion were today poised to complete the signing of Belgian forward Yassine El Ghanassy on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

West Bromwich Albion were today poised to complete the signing of Belgian forward Yassine El Ghanassy on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The Baggies were hoping to tie up the loose ends of El Ghanassy's switch from Ghent with an announcement expected at some stage today.

The one-cap Belgium international, who turns 22 tomorrow, is set to move to The Hawthorns initially on loan with a £2m permanent transfer in the offing next summer.

He spent yesterday in England discussing personal terms and beginning a medical ahead of his transfer.

El Ghanassy was scouted by the Baggies prior to the appointment of Steve Clarke as head coach but the new boss has given the deal his blessing.

The 5ft 8in tall flair player is likely to be used as a winger – a position in which Albion have been looking to strengthen – but he can also operate as a central striker.

Reports from France that the Baggies were set to sign midfielder Tongo Doumbia from Rennes have, meanwhile, been played down.

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