Transfer news: West Brom sign midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on loan

The 28-year-old joins from Marseille

West Brom have secured the services of midfielder Morgan Amalfitano on a season-long loan from Marseille with an option to make the deal permanent.

OM confirmed the 28-year-old, who has been at the Ligue 1 club since 2011, made the switch to the Hawthorns in an early transfer deadline day move.

Amalfitano has one international cap for France and has also played for Lorient and Sedan.

Marseille confirmed in a statement on their official website: "Olympique de Marseille announce the loan with a purchase option for a permanent transfer for Morgan Amalfitano to English club West Bromwich Albion."

West Brom boss Steve Clarke is also looking to strengthen up front after seeing his side go a third straight league game without scoring.

Clarke's men are bottom of the table with just one point and he is hoping to have new resources available by the close of play.

"I've spoken at length about the need to bring fresh faces in to the club," he said.

"I hope there will be some good news for the supporters, we all need good news...even I need some good news.

"I need some players in forward areas that can give us a bit of quality so we create chances.

"All the top teams have that through the centre and have pace on the wider areas.

"(Sporting director) Richard (Garlick) and Mark Jenkins, the chief executive, have been working hard to make this club better and make them more competitive."

Asked about the likelihood of Peter Odemwingie - who made a dash down the M6 to Loftus Road on transfer deadline day in January in a bid to push through a move to QPR - being at the club in 24 hours' time, Clarke said: "I have no idea about Peter Odemwingie, that's the truth. I think it is 50-50 over whether Odemwingie goes."

Odemwingie has been linked with a move to Swansea, although Swans boss Michael Laudrup would not be drawn on names of his transfer targets.

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