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West Brom are understood to be close to the signings of Nicky Shorey and Somen Tchoyi.

Left back Shorey is ready to leave Aston Villa after failing to make an impact on the first team. Making just 24 appearances  for the Villains since joining in 2008 for £4.5m, Shorey spent most of last season out on loan at Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

Reports suggest the 29-year-old will join West Brom in a deal understood to be around £1.5million.

Cameroon international Somen Tchoyi is also said to be joining from Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg. Roberto Di Matteo hopes to complete a deal for the midfielder who can play in a central role, or on the left wing.

Di Matteo’s team finished second to Newcastle last season, 12 points ahead of third place. Shorey and Tchoyi would join a host of other signings at the Hawthorns for the new season. Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill from Hull provides competition for club captain Scott Carson for a place in the starting line up.

Steven Reid signed a permanent deal for West Brom after spending two months of the previous season at the Hawthorns on loan from Blackburn. Reid signed as a free agent and has just recently retired from international football, understandably citing his unfortunate history of injuries as a major factor in his decision.

Defender Pablo Ibáñez Tébar, another free agent signed after Atlético Madrid failed to offer him a new contract.

Whilst Di Matteo has added a bit of depth to his squad via the bargain clearance section of the transfer market, the Baggies are severely lacking goals up front. Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans were joint scorers for the club last season, both scoring 12. Whilst West Brom weren’t lacking goals in the Championship (only a goal behind winners Newcastle with 90), without at least one new quality striker it’s difficult see where goals will come from to ensure survival.

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