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Saints still a strong outfit - Irvine

Head coach Alan Irvine has warned West Brom that Southampton's summer fire sale has not torched the Saints' threat.

Having been at Anfield last Sunday and watched how well they played and watched how many chances they were able to create at a really difficult place I think they can more than survive.

I think they could have a very good season. They have spent the money very wisely and replaced very good players with very good players.

I was very impressed with how they played at Anfield. Not many teams go to Anfield and make it go quiet but that certainly happened during periods of the game.

They deserved something out of the game last week and I believe it will be a very tough place for teams to go this season.

– Alan Irvine

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Samaras set for Baggies

Georgios Samaras
Georgios Samaras is available for nothing. Credit: PA

Boss Alan Irvine insisted Georgios Samaras' experience can be vital to West Brom as they closed in on the striker.

The former Celtic hitman, who left the Hoops in the summer, is expected to hold talks with the Baggies over a free transfer.

Irvine has confirmed Albion's interest and believes the 29-year-old, who helped Greece to the last 16 of the World Cup this year, would be a major asset.

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Brunt to continue as West Brom captain

West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has confirmed Chris Brunt will continue to wear the captain's armband ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

It means Brunt will have skippered the side under four different managers as he took up the role during the 2010-11 season, working with Roy Hodgson, Steve Clarke, Pepe Mel, and now Irvine.

Chris will absolutely be our captain. There's absolutely no reason to change it. He has the respect of the changing room, he's done a great job as captain for many years, so I have no intention to make any changes.

– Alan Irvine told the club's official website.
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