West Brom close in on Slovakian midfielder Kozak

January 23, 2006

West Brom are closing in on the signature of Slovakian midfielder Jan Kozak, who is expected to join the club on loan for the remainder of the season.

Jan Kozak
Empics / JohnWaltonJan Kozak: West Brom bound?

The 25-year-old Artmedia Bratislava player has impressed Baggies manager Bryan Robson during an initial trial period at The Hawthorns.

A deal could be concluded in the next 24 hours with Robson admitting: 'There is a possibility that Kozak could be coming into the club.'

Kozak will provide further competition in the centre of the park where Junichi Inamoto and Ronnie Wallwork have been the first choice pairing with Darren Carter and Richard Chaplow also competing for places.

He has stated his desire to play in the Premiership despite tasting Champions League football with Artmedia and being part of the team which knocked Celtic out of the competition at the qualifying stage earlier this season.

Chaleroi defender Badou Kere has also on been trial with Albion but Robson is still to make a concrete decision on whether to try to sign the Burkina Faso international who holds a Belgian passport.

The West Brom chief said: 'We are monitoring that one but we won't make any decision on that one until later in the month.'

Robson has admitted he may still look to take his players away for a sunshine break despite Saturday's shock home reversal by bottom placed Sunderland.

Albion went to Florida last season and players and management team believe it played a role in keeping them in the top flight.

Robson said: 'We'll come in after Saturday and assess what we feel is best to prepare the players but I don't think a break is such a bad idea.

'I'm going to have a look at it and it's a case of either topping up players who have been injured with a bit of extra training or having a break which will do them good. We've got to assess the situation.'