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Albion using free weekend for summer scouting missions

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West Brom's coaches are using their free weekend to scout new players for the summer as they continue to shorten their long list of potential targets.

Although the club have been looking at Gent's £8m rated striker Laurent Depoitre, the Express & Star understands the club will not be pursuing the Belgian 27-year-old.

The Baggies do not have a match this weekend because their scheduled opponents Arsenal are in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

With Albion all-but guaranteed to stay up, attentions are turning to the summer transfers.

"We'll be watching games all this weekend," said assistant head coach Dave Kemp.

"We'll be looking at targets identified and then we'll go and watch them.

"That happens all the time, the whole staff are out watching games all the time.

"We have scouts out there and opportunities like this weekend we're out following up these leads."

Depoitre helped fire Gent to their first Belgian title last season and he has 12 goals in 27 league games this season.

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He's a player that Kemp is aware of, but there are others above him in the list of targets.

"Yeah he's a name mentioned," revealed Kemp. "That's not where I'm going this weekend.

"In our scouting room there's a board with all the names on. I'm not saying that player is or isn't one of the targets.

"I don't think it's as close as you probably think it is.

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"It's just a target possibly that we have."

Both Kemp and Baggies boss Tony Pulis travelled to Hull on Tuesday night to watch Arsenal in the FA Cup.

But the Gunners won and so tomorrow's scheduled match at the Emirates has been postponed.

Kemp thinks it would have been a great time to play Arsene Wenger's team.

"The manager and I went to Hull on Tuesday night and they lose two centre-halves, Ramsey comes off," said Kemp.

"You're thinking this will be a fantastic time to play Arsenal but unfortunately they win the game.

"That has to be rearranged, we don't even know when that is, but we can't choose when it's going to be so it might be in between other difficult fixtures when we've got to travel.

"These things happen, we have to get on with it."

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