Albion working hard on striker swoop – Kemp

Assistant boss Dave Kemp has confirmed that West Brom are pushing to bolster their attacking options in the transfer window.

West Brom: Albion working hard on striker swoop - KempWest Brom: Albion working hard on striker swoop - Kemp

Kemp was speaking out after he had watched summer signing Matt Phillips grab a late consolation goal for Albion as they crashed to a 2-1 friendly defeat at non-league outfit Torquay United on Monday night.

The game followed a toothless display in a 0-0 draw at Plymouth on Saturday and left Kemp in no doubt that the team is in dire need of some fresh firepower to help the current players in the final third.

Saido Berahino was left on the bench until the second half as speculation over his future continues, while West Ham hitman Diafra Sakho continues to be linked with a big-money move.

And Kemp revealed that the club are working hard to bolster their ranks ahead of the opening game of the season at Crystal Palace on Saturday week.

“We do lack quality around the opposition’s goal, we’re aware of that and we’re trying to rectify that,” he told the Express & Star.

“I thought we showed a lot of attacking intent. We have only scored one goal, we could have scored quite a few but didn’t.

“We need to be doing that.”

Kemp, who described the defeat at Torquay as ‘irrelevant’ praised Phillips for his 20-minute cameo performance and impressive goal at Plainmoor.

“He got a good goal, he looked bright, put some really good crosses in,” said Kemp. “That’s what we want him to do, he’s shown that he’s capable of doing that.

“Hopefully he’ll take that into Crystal Palace game.”

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