DI MATTEO LOOKING AT THE POSITIVES

Roberto di Matteo has said that is looking forward to the positives from the Aston Villa match, a game that West Brom lost. West Brom’s 31-year-wait for a victory at Villa Park goes on after goals from Stewart Downing and Emile Heskey were enough for the hosts to claim the spoils against their Midlands rivals.

Paul Scharner grabbed what proved to be a consolation goal a minute before time and Di Matteo felt a combination of fortune and profligacy in attacking areas cost them on Saturday.

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LEICESTER SIGN BEDNAR

Leicester City have signed West Brom striker Roman Bednar on loan deal. Bednar, who was also wanted by Hull City, has fallen out of favour at the Hawthorns this term, making just three appearances in the Premier League.

The Czech Republic international, 27, scored 30 goals in 85 games for the Baggies having joined for £2.3m in June 2008 after a successful loan spell.

He becomes Eriksson’s fifth signing since he took over in October.

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DI MATTEO KEEPING FAITH IN DORRANS

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo says that he has not lost faith in Graham Dorrans. The Baggies were forced to fend off interest in the midfielder from numerous Premier League clubs in the summer, including solid offers from West Ham.

The 23-year-old eventually committed his future to West Brom by penning a new long-term deal. Dorrans has not been at his best so far this campaign, and has also had to deal with a family bereavement which saw him miss the recent clash against Tottenham.

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WEST BROM SIGN SCHARNER

West Brom have announced the signing of Paul Scharner on a free transfer on a two-year contract. Scharner, 30, has been available on a free transfer since leaving Wigan at the end of last season, and he has been linked with a number of sides in the Premier League and Europe.

However, West Brom have now completed the deal and boss Roberto Di Matteo feels he will be a major asset for the newly-promoted side.

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WEST BROM CONSIDERING BOATENG MOVE

West Bromwich Albion are considering signing George Boetang who is currenlty training with the club after becoming a free agent last season. Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo is keeping an eye on the player with the view of signing him at the West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis.

It’s certainly no secret that Albion seek to bring in strength in their midfield, espcially after the release of Robert Koren shorlty before the World Cup kicked off in June.

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WEST BROM SCOUTING REVEALED

West Brom chief Jeremy Peace has revealed how the scouting and transfer policy of the club has been overhauled.

Peace says there’s a more professional approach to both aspects of recruiting these days.

He told the Express & Star: “We had to get shrewder and smarter – and we are. We have wasted money in the past, a lot of money, but each time we learn from our mistakes.

“We know we will get the DVDs which will show players scoring wonderful goals to a background of stirring music.

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Koren Urged to Stay

ROBERT Koren has been urged to stick by West Brom after earning praise from the club’s coaching staff for his conduct during the second-half of the season.

The Baggies midfielder cast doubt over his future earlier in the season after expressing disappointment over his lack of first-team action, not least in his favoured central midfield role.

Matters came to a head when the Slovenia national captain refused to shake Roberto Di Matteo’s hand when he was subbed during the 2-0 win against Scunthorpe.

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