Keen insists West Brom need new players

Steve Clarke's assistant says that the Baggies are "working very hard" to recruit new signings to join Nicolas Anelka and Goran Popov at the Hawthorns this summer
West Brom manager Steve Clarke's assistant, Kevin Keen, says that the club are "working very hard" to bring in new players.

The 46-year-old feels that the Baggies are on the right path ahead of the upcoming campaign but need to bolster the squad after finding themselves a little depleted during pre-season.

They will also be without last season's top scorer Romelu Lukaku, who netted 17 Premier League goals while on loan, as he attempts to secure a first-team berth at parent club Chelsea.

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"We're possibly a little bit thin on the ground," Keen told the club's official website.

"We've had a few players go out and the club are working extremely hard in the background to try to bring in a couple of new bodies of real quality that are going to excite the fans, similar to when Nico [Nicolas Anelka] came in, when everyone went: 'Wow, how's he signed for West Brom?'

"We're hopeful that things will come off but we'll see over the next few weeks.

"We certainly need a couple of players and Richard [Garlick, sporting and technical director] and the chairman are working very hard to try and bring in new recruits."

Anelka is Clarke's only permanent addition of the close-season to date, with Goran Popov having joined on loan from Dynamo Kiev.