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By PAUL SUART Our Man with Albion @PAULSUARTWBA HAL Robson-Kanu's West Brom career looks over before it has even begun with Tony Pulis insisting the striker was an after-thought.

Pulis was linked with a host of strikers during the transfer window including Diafra Sakho, whose move collapsed for medical reasons, Islam Slimani, Enner Valencia and Leonardo Ulloa.

But it was Robson-Kanu, a free agent since leaving Championship side Reading by mutual consent last season, who joined late on transfer deadline day.

And Pulis, who takes on former club Bournemouth today, did not mince his words when asked whether the timing of the deal hinted that Robson-Kanu was nothing like his firstchoice.

"He wasn't one of my main targets - there are no hints about it," Pulis said. "But he was available at the end and we thought he would be a good acquisition.

"But to say he was one of the marquee signings would be wrong - we'd have signed him at the beginning of the transfer window." Pulis was not quite so forthcoming on West Brom's recent pursuit of Spanish international Ignacio Camacho.

After tracking the Malaga midfielder, and having had a clubrecord PS15.3 million bid approved by the La Liga side, Pulis pulled the plugged on the deal.

It was later confirmed by the club that the transfer was aborted at the 11th hour for "footballing reasons".

And Pulis was not about to expand on the topic either.

"I spoke to Camacho and his people and I explained the reason that fell down," Pulis said.

"That should be left between me and the lad."

Plainly disappointed with Albion's activity during the transfer window, Pulis handed trials to free agents Marouane Chamakh and Mohamed Sissoko.

Both played in the 1-0 friendly win over Delhi Dynamos at the Hawthorns last week and have since been training with the Baggies.

It was initially thought Pulis was keen on a potential move for Sissoko, but was simply placing Chamakh in the shop window for other clubs.

But it now appears the Welshman could swoop for them both after a further period of assessment.

"That has to be ongoing," he said.

"The two have trained well and we're hoping to get them involved in more games and have more sessions with them.

"I know 'Cham' from Palace; him and Bolasie were really the two stand-out players for us.

"Chamakh has got real quality in that 10 position and he can score goals but we will see.

"I have known Momo for a long time. Even when I was at Stoke we fancied Momo.

"It will be interesting to see how they progress with their fitness levels as much as anything else."

Albion are a striker down on last season after Victor Anichebe was released and Rickie Lambert was sold to Cardiff City.

There is every chance, given how highly Pulis rates him, that 32-yearold Chamakh could be drafted in to top up the Albion front line.

"It would be lovely to think that in a month's time he could be at the level he was at at Palace," Pulis said.

"If he was at that level he would certainly be pushing people to play.

"Chamakh's scoring record is very good.

"He is that type of player. "He can pick a pass and play off people and around people.

"At Palace he was outstanding for us and gave us that bit of quality and time to get Bolasie and Puncheon up the pitch to cause problems."
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Date:Sep 10, 2016
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