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Duffy Takes Charge At Brom

Late Yesterday Evening it became clear that West Bromwich Albion where close to signing English manager Aaron Duffy to replace outgoing Roberto Di Matteo , Duffy is set to take over the baggies for the start of the season the move by the Albion board to appoint Duffy has pleased fans who where keen on a home based manager to take the club into a new era and hopefully security in the top flight of english football , the premiership has been a struggle for the baggies in recent years the club has been yo-yoing between the top flight and championship for around 7 years now and the fans are started to get frustrated with the inconsistent performance showed by the club and there respective managers from the past. The Board has given Duffy the clear aim just to avoid relegation but this doesn't mean the pressure is off as fans will be expecting good performances this season or Duffy will most likely be shown the door.

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Duffy in action surprisingly looks like simon grayson

Duffy had this to say in a statement on the clubs website.

Id like to assure the fans that they should expect lots of changes to the current squad i don't think that the current squad is good enough to warrant playing for a club with such passionate fans as we have , i believe that we can push on this season and beat the relegation we are currently being predicted i hope to bring in some big stars that should please the fans we have been given a pretty nice budget so thanks to the investors although i will be looking to sell the hole squad.

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Bastos Signs For Baggies

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Late Last Night West Bromwich Albion Fans got news that new manager Aaron Duffy had pulled off a move for Lyon And Brazilian International Winger Michel Bastos The 27 year old joins In a Swap for Gabriel Tamas and £2,500,000 , the deal has come of somewhat of a shock to Brom fans who weren't expecting a player of Bastos's quality to be arriving at the club this early in The Duffman's Reign, although they seem very excited about the prospect of watching the brazilian playing his trade at the hawthorns.

Bastos Is Famed for his attacking style of play and this could be a key factor in any success West Brom are going to have this year. Bastos whilst being able to play left back looks to be brought to play out wide on the wing and has also be announced as the club free kick taker after a impressive showing in his first training session.Bastos although having trained a little is not fit enough to face Newcastle united to night so fans are just going to have to wait till at least Wednesday to see him make his debut.

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Bastos Will be looking happier At West Brom

I'm Very Happy With The Signing Of Michel he will offer as a world class winger and a world class left back although i will be looking to deploy him in the winger role more often as i feel his attacking presence will offer the club more , i'm positive about the fantastic progress were making this season and i assure the fans we are heading in the right direction.

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Gago Makes Midlands Move

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After the signing of Michel Bastos came another big move from Albion Manager Duffy. This time in the Shape of Argentina International and Real Madrid Centre Midfielder Fernando Gago The 24 year old joins in a Part Exchange deal for Spanish Centre Half Ibanez Pablo who was seen as surplus to requirements by the new baggies boss , Gago joins West Brom at a time where the new squad is starting to take shape although Gago will instead of playing today partake in training as he is currently not fit enough to play apart in tonight's fixture but will most likely make his début against Arsenal on Wednesday. Gago is seen as a key factor in West brom's midfield and will act as a mentor to some of the baggies youth coming in in future weeks and months , Gago is also thought to be maybe considered as a likely candidate for the captains arm band but for now Duffy still has time to consider the role.

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Will Gago Be Sitting on the cross bar come turn 38 ?

Duffy's Quote On The Signing:

I'm Very pleased we've had the chance to sign Fernando he's a cracking player and is still only 24 which is a major boost to the side i hope that he can produce the goods this season and will fingers crossed become a crowds favourite , Gago adds Security for are midfield and is one of many candidates up for the captaincy.

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All West Broms Signings So Far Part One

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This post is a short analysis of all the new signings thats have come in in the last two days.

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Name :Luca Antonini

Age:28

Postion : Left Back/Right Back

Sm Rating:89

Fee: Nicky Shorey + £750,000

From: Milan

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Name: Miguel Torres

Age:24

Position:Right Back/Left Back

Sm Rating:88

Fee: Player Exchange -Joe Mattock

From: Getafe

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Name: Aleksandar Lukovic

Age:28

Position:Centre Back

Sm Rating:88

Fee: Abdoulaye Meite + £2,000,000

From: Zeint

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Name:Ludovic Obraniak

Age:26

Position:Winger/Attacking Midfield

Sm Rating:89

Fee: Somen Tchoyi + £700,000

From: Lille

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Name: Mario Santana

Age:29

Position:Winger

Sm Rating:89

Fee: Paul Scharner + £505,000

From: Florentina

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Name: Eren Derdiyok

Age:22

Position:Centre Forward

Sm Rating:88

Fee:Marc Antoine Fortune + £2,100,000

From:Leverkusen

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Name: Fernando Gago

Age:24

Position:Centre Midfield/Defensive Midfield

Sm Rating:90

Fee:Ibanez Pablo

From: Real Madrid

The Other Players will be introduced at another time :)

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Newcastle United 0 West Bromwich Albion 0

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After days of anticipation , weeks of speculation, months of hope the opening fixtures in the football league calendar kicked off to some what of a disappointing for Newcastle and West Brom fans a 0-0 draw was watched by over 52,000 fans at St James park in a surprisingly free flowing game of football even though the final scoreline would disagree. Both Sides Fielded Weakened starting elevens due to there new signings either lacking fitness or having not fully signed on for the clubs Newcastle Manager Gary Mack had informed the West Brom Manager Aaron Duffy of the problems he was having fielding a senior squad but this wasn't a problem just for the Newcastle manager , Duffy was also considering resting major new signings and using the lack of players left by the old regime.

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The Stadium Was Near Full As Expected

After A Dodgy Pre Match for both teams Fans Flooded into the stadium expecting a good high scoring game, And from the start it did seem to be heading that way with Mario Santana West Brom's New winger making a driving run up the wing and attempting a cross before having it cleared by a strong header from a newcastle centre half , In The following minutes there we're big chances for either side to take the lead the first came in the shape of Newcastle full back De Silvestri having a long range shot on goal in the sixth minute but was quickly pulled back by the linesman , this was quickly followed up by Jerome Tomas making a darting run toward the Newcastle box but unfortunately having his shot fall into the keepers arms , throughout the First half there we're lots of shows of counter attacking football with both sides having a go at the others half on many occasions , A Impressive save from Scott Carson Showcased the first half for both sides.

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Maybe These blokes Could Break The Dead lock?

The Second Half Started with Newcastle Player Joan Edmudsson Picking up a yellow card early on Edmudsson was also forced to use his strength minutes after getting awarded the yellow card but was unsuccesful and was tackled by the on rushing West Brom Midfield , The Second half seemed to be in control of Newcastle with West Brom being at the mercy of the Newcastle Front line , Scott Carson pulled off another spectacular and a goal line clearance from Jerome Thomas in a matter of minutes , But then without warning probably driven on by the silence that seemed to control St James Park West Brom fought there way back into the fixture causing the Newcastle defence to stand up and preform De Silvestri making a vital clearance and fellow new signing Ibrahim Afellay cutting out numourous passes causing the baggies to try other options , the game then took a even more panic for the home crowd when Jeremy Clement West Brom's New Central Midfielder Broke Through on goal and had the beating of the whole team bar the goal keeper who managed to cause a big enough distraction causing Clement to shoot wide of the post. After this small glimpse of brilliance from the French Midfielder's fans started descending the stairs at St James's and heading home a bore draw for both sides but at the end of the day a point is a point and with both teams having in completed squads there couldn't have been much more expected from the fixture.

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After The Fixture we we're Able to have a word with Duffy he seemed in a jolly mood after hearing that his squad could be complete by tomorrow.

It's A Good Result We're a point closer to we're we want to be i believe we can stay up this season and i think that today is a good foundation i like what i saw from the new lads but we have too tough fixtures up next Arsenal and Manchester United at home there going to be tough and i ask for the fans patience we're coming on well and i think the squad we're building here is surprising people.

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New Forward To Join Up With Squad In Next Few Hours

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Eljero Elia , A new name to West Brom Fans but one what is sure to not be forgotten in a hurry the 23 year old Dutch international who comes in from German Team Hamburger Sv in A swap For Nigerian Forward Peter Odemwinge Plus £400,000 , The Winger comes in with the intention to play up top for Duffy's Side untill other targets come in , although he has been assured he will be deployed in his favoured wing position when the other targets come through. Elia Is Duffy's 18th Signing in his 3 day reign at the club and the squad now seems to have had a total overhall. Elia will be joining in the next few hours and is said to be on a flight heading to Heathrow airport due to his flight being diverted , Elia is said to be signing a four year contract on just under £30,000 pounds a week although he will be renegotiating a new contract in a season or two.

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Duffy had this to say on the signing:

I'm happy we've been able to grab eljero under the noses of other clubs he has bags of potential and will play a vital role this year i have alot of respect for the lad he plays football the way i like and i think the fans are going to love him id say he's one to watch this season.

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Cardozo And Gomis Arrive

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Today West Brom Manager Aaron Duffy was Able to announce the signings of two new Forwards coming in to the club in the next 24 hours the first of the new signings to be confirmed was Oscar Cardozo the Paraguay international and Benfica Forward , Cardozo arrives at the hawthorns after a few good seasons with the Portuguese Benfica and is now ready to show what he can do in the in the Premiership , Cardozo already has a large reputation and the 27 year old will be looking to build on this with his arrival in the Uk, The 27 year old will be joining the club in a swap for Simon Cox And Ismeal Miller who join Cardozo's old club Benfica in a part exchange deal. Benfica will also receive around £4,700,000 as part of the deal a high price to pay but Cardozo is thought to be highly respected by both the Baggies Chairman and Manager Aaron Duffy.

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Cardozo Will Be Partnered Up Front By French Centre Forward Bafetimbi Gomis.The 25 year old Lyon forward Joins Albion In a part exchange deal for Jerome Thomas and Leon Barnett who we're both not seen in Duffy's Future Plans Barnett had just returned from a loan spell at division two Norwich and now see's himself heading out to France to try and re kindle his career , Gomis Joins The baggies at a point where the club is trying to push forward and achieve great thing the Frenchman is considered to have a lot of ability and be a natural goalscorer, West Brom's Front Line is now Complete with the signings of Cardozo and Gomis , Derdyiok and Elia there has been so many changes made to the squad by manager Aaron Duffy that after the next bunch of transfers complete there will be two original players from the old squad left .

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With The Two New Arrivals due to come in within the next 24 hours this may force Duffy to reconsider the role of new signing Davide Succi (85) who will now be considered for loan untill his departure in March offers will be listened to as Succi may not start many games after the two new signings.

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Transfer Update/Captain Announced

Baggies Sign New Goalkeeper And Confirms Captain For Season

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Today Became the last day of changes at West Bromwich Albion in the transfer market at least with the final few additions signing on early this afternoon. One of those signings came in the shape of new goalkeeper Samir Handanovic The Slovenian international who played in the world cup last summer joins up with the Baggies in a swap deal for Ex England Keeper Scott Carson And Young Central Midfielder Sam Manton who are now heading to Italy's Udinese as make Weights in the deal , Handanovic has come in after days of torture for Brom Manager Duffy who has been desperate for a new keeper as he felt Scott Carson was not good enough to be playing for the club which has made huge improvements in recent days , Handanovic will be placed straight into the squad for tonight's friendly against Charlton Athletic and will be keen to show what he can do after coming to England from Italy with a big reputation for being a world class keeper. Baggies Fans will be expecting lots from there new Number one.

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Handanovic Will play a big part this season

In Other News Duffy Has Also Announced That new signing Fernando Gago who has just arrived from Real Madrid is set to become club captain. Gago had been previously linked with the role as Duffy see's his role in the Centre of midfield as the perfect place for a captain to take charge , Gago is also seen by Duffy as a responsible lad who is willing to put everything on the line to secure success , However Gago is on the young side only 24 making him one of the younger players at the club this could cause problems with some of the older players in the squad. Although Duffy is keen to give the Argentine a Chance with the role and with the good levels of shirt sales from Gago's Signing it seems to be one the fans will appreciate as well.

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Duffy to Try Gago With Captain Role

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Transfer News

Korean Prospect Signs For Baggies

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After much Expectation from the fans West Bromwich Albion manager Aaron Duffy finally added a youth prospect to the squad. The signing came in the shape of South Korean 18 year old Forward and Winger Heung-Min Son who had in recent times broken into the Hamburger Sv First team , the Bundesliga Outfit were said to be very reluctant to let the young prospect go and demanded West brom's young Canadian Marcus Haber and £740,000 this enabled the baggies to beat off interest from 3 teams in lower divisions.

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Heung is set to be a star

In recent times Heung-Min Son has allowed the media to know of his intentions and has apparently said that a move to the premier league following in the foot steps of Ji-Sung Park so the move is seen as not a big shop to his friends and family , Son has also impressed Teams such as Chelsea in the past with a impressive performance against them in pre season where the young Korean managed to score a brace. Although since that fixture there has been some major injury worries for the 18 year old who pick up a sever injury to his leg although the worst is now over the Korean and with his form for Hamburger in recent weeks it is no Surprise that his dream move to The English Premier League has been achieved.

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Son has impressed Chelsea in the past

It is not currently known of what Duffy intends to do with Son one idea is that he is currently looking to loan him out to the lower divisions another rumour is that he may be kept at the club to increase numbers and take part in cup whilst learning his trade from new signings Elia who knows Heung Min Son from his time at hamburger it is also hoped with Elia And Son coming from Hamburger together that the pair will settle in England quicker and it is already rumoured that Heung-Min Son has been rented a room at Elia's country home.

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