Mowbray keen on Simpson deal
Arsenal striker tipped to move to the Hawthorns on loan
Last Updated: December 27, 2008 10:29am
Simpson: Wanted by West Brom
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed he is hoping to sign Arsenal striker Jay Simpson on loan.
Mowbray is eager to beef up his attacking options when the January transfer window opens after losing Ishmael Miller for the rest of the season.
The Baggies have scored just 14 goals in the Premier League this season and Mowbray again highlighted his side's lack of firepower after Boxing Day's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.
He acknowledged his interest in signing Simpson, but hinted it would be a gamble to bring in the 19-year-old, who has yet to play a league game for Arsenal.
"I think it was quite evident that we lacked the cutting edge or quality in the final third to seriously threaten Chelsea, whether that be a final ball, cross, through-ball or an effort on goal," said Mowbray.
"Our team needs some help in that department.
"I would suggest Jay is an unknown quantity at Premier League level. Can he score goals? I don't know.
"But we'll hopefully give him an opportunity to see if he can.
"He's obviously had a very good upbringing at Arsenal and every player needs an opportunity.
"We'll hopefully be able to provide a platform for him to see if he's going to be, from his perspective, an Arsenal star of the future. Sometimes, all these young boys need is an opportunity to burst onto the scene and do the job."