Pompey eye Baggies duo

Appleton ready to raid old club

George Thorne: Set for loan switch to Portsmouth from West Brom

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Skysports.com understands Portsmouth are lining up a double move for West Brom duo Joe Mattock and George Thorne.

New Pompey boss Michael Appleton is ready to raid his old club to bring in defender Mattock and midfielder Thorne.

Appleton knows all about the pair having worked with them during his time as assistant manager at the Hawthorns and he is keen to lure them to Fratton Park.

Baggies boss Roy Hodgson has been looking for a loan move for highly-rated midfielder Thorne so that he can get some valuable first-team action.

The 18-year-old is on the fringes of the first-team squad at the Hawthorns and has featured in three games this season.

Left-back Mattock has found himself down the pecking order at West Brom, making just two appearances in the Carling Cup this term.

Portsmouth will be hoping to finalise a deal for the duo before the loan window closes on Thursday.