Baggies eye Piquionne

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.

They included two against Birmingham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and another in the shock success over Tottenham in the semi-final win at Wembley.

Piquionne has since returned to Lyon but Albion are keen for him to return to the Barclays Premier League.

The club’s 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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