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West Brom target Michy Batshuayi loan deal

Albion are interested in a loan move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, the Express & Star understands.

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The Belgian forward is expected to be surplus to requirements at the London club after netting nine times in 27 appearances last season.

The 26-year-old is behind Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in the pecking order and has not featured for Frank Lampard’s side since February.

Since joining Chelsea in 2016, Batshuayi has enjoyed loan spells at German giants Borussia Dortmund, Spanish side Valencia and fellow London club Crystal Palace.

Now, it is understood he is interesting Albion, who are keen to bolster their attacking forces for their first season back in the Premier League.

The club currently has Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore as their striking options – with the latter strongly linked with a move away from The Hawthorns.

It is believed Batshuayi is among a series of options being considered by the club as they target reinforcements ahead of the season opener against Leicester on September 13.

Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic is hoping to add two more additions this week as deals edge nearer for Wigan defender Cedric Kipre and Brighton goalkeeper David Button.

It is understood the Baggies are hopeful of clinching the Kipre deal from cash-strapped Wigan, with reports suggesting the deal could be finalised in the coming days. It is believed Blackburn previously agreed a £900,000 fee, but the 23-year-old favours a Premier League move.

In addition, a deal believed to be in the region of £1m is in the works for Button, with Albion believing it has a strong chance of going through.

The 31-year-old would provide much-needed competition for current first choice Sam Johnstone, while bringing valuable top-flight experience to a newly-promoted side.