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West Brom target free agent Franco di Santo

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West Brom will hold further talks with free-agent striker Franco di Santo as the hunt for replacements continues at the Hawthorns.


With the club now in the thick of the hunt for as many as seven new signings, the Argentine striker, who has been released by Wigan, is a gun for hire in the summer market.

A modest record of 13 goals in 92 appearances during his three-year spell with the Latics may not thrill supporters but he fits the kind of deal the club prefers.

West Brom acknowledge a new-look front-line is inevitable with the high probability that both Romelu Lukaku and Peter Odemwingie will be elsewhere.

They continue to be linked to a variety of targets although one, Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani recommended by Lukaku, has now agreed a move to Dynamo Kiev.

Another exile from Wigan's relegation, Arouna Kone, is on the list for talks as is PSV Eindhoven's Ola Toivonen, who already has an offer to join Norwich.

A name to emerge over the weekend was Belgium international winger Nacer Chadli of Twente.

The 23-year-old team mate of Lukaku has cooled on Shakhtar Donetsk at the prospect of coming to the Premier League.

Chadli's agent, Daniel Evrard, said: "It is hard to choose Ukraine this early in the transfer window.

"Everyone around him wants to see him play on a Saturday in the Premier League, a competition he wants to go to really bad."

The Baggies have trailed the wide man for more than three years but with both Liverpool and Tottenham reported to be interested, the Baggies have to wait their place in the food chain.

West Brom are again intent on running with a squad of 22 seniors – to include three keepers – and remain in talks with Marc Antoine Fortune and Zoltan Gera.

But the trail out of the Hawthorns is easier to identify than the in-coming deals, with Markus Rosenberg given clearance to seek a new club after a disappointing debut season.