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West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo wants reinforcements

West Bromwich Albion head coach Roberto Di Matteo
Di Matteo has only brought in Boaz Myhill and Pablo Ibanez this summer

West Brom boss Roberto di Matteo is growing anxious about the lack of new signings at The Hawthorns.

Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill and centre-back Pablo Ibanez have joined this summer, while Stephen Reid and Gabriel Tamas have made their loan moves permanent.

"We've been very busy for the last three months, not just lately," Di Matteo told BBC WM.

"It's just frustrating that we haven't been able to attract the players that we want."

The Italian is particularly keen to bolster his strike options with Ishmael Miller, Roman Bednar and Simon Cox unproven in the top flight.

We do need another striker, but we need to strengthen in every department

Roberto di Matteo

"I think we do need another striker, but we need to strengthen in every department still - it's not a matter of numbers, it's a matter of quality," Di Matteo noted.

As for the new boys that played in the weekend drawn friendly at Coventry, the former Chelsea midfielder has declared himself suitably impressed - especially with Ibanez.

"I think he's been brilliant, he's been very good, we're trying to settle him in nicely," he said of the former Atletico Madrid defender.

"He needs to get to know his team-mates and the way we play."

West Brom complete their pre-season preparations against Spanish side Osasuna at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

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