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
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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"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."