Baggies confirm interest in Piquionne

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West Brom have confirmed their interest in signing striker Frederic Piquionne who played a major role in Portsmouth reaching last season's FA Cup final.

The 31-year-old Lyon player spent the 2009-2010 campaign on loan at Fratton Park and scored 10 goals in all competitions.

The Baggies' sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth said: "Frederic has got a couple of years left at Lyon and we've made an inquiry but there is no firm commitment. He is a player who has been linked with three or four clubs so he's not short of options."

Another ex Portsmouth player, Albion winger Jerome Thomas, has signed a one-year extension to his contract which will keep him at the Hawthorns until the summer of 2012.

Thomas made the move to the Baggies on a free transfer last summer after being released by Pompey.

Albion also expect more offers to be made for their midfielder Borja Valero who enjoyed a successful season on loan back at Real Mallorca - the club West Brom signed him from two years ago.

They have already rejected a bid from Seville and Ashworth admitted: "I suspect we will get another offer between now and the end of the transfer window."

Valero is back training with Albion but has intimated he would welcome a permanent move back to Spain after struggling to adapt to the Premier League during the 2008-2009 campaign.

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