I've not seen Ideye live, admits West Brom boss Irvine

The new Baggies manager has high hopes for the club's record £10 million signing and has put his trust in their scouts in identifying the Nigerian forward while at Dynamo Kiev
West Brom manager Alan Irvine has high hopes for record signing Brown Ideye despite admitting that he has never seen the Nigerian striker play.

Ideye arrived at the Hawthorns from Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev for a club-record fee of £10 million, exceeding the £6m sum spent on Stephane Sessegnon.

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Irvine - heading into his first Premier League season as a boss following his appointment in June - is hopeful that the 25-year-old can reach the lofty heights of countryman Peter Odemwingie, who netted 30 goals prior to his move to Cardiff City in 2013, though he is relying on the club's scouting system for their assessment of the forward.

"It would be fantastic if he could have the same impact as Odemwingie did," the 56-year-old told reporters of Ideye.

"I don't know much about Brown Ideye – I've not seen him live but people we trust have done.

"It's not necessarily something that is detrimental to me not to have seen him live, though ideally I would like to because that's how I like to do my work.

"But we've done our research on him and what we have done is found decent players in the past in this way."