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Megson in crunch talks with Kanu Jul 24 2004




Gary Megson was today locked in crucial talks with Nigerian striker Kanu -
in what he hopes will lead to the first of two new signings for Albion.
The 27-year-old hitman, who has recently been released by Arsenal, was due at The Hawthorns with his team of advisors to discuss a possible move to the Black Country.

The Baggies manager cut short his stay in Denmark by returning to the UK
last night in a bid to capture Kanu and Middlesbrough midfielder Jonathan
Greening.

Megson hopes to meet Greening on Monday, but it is today's meeting with Kanu that will excite all at The Hawthorns.

The signing of the talented ex-Inter Milan man would be on a par with Blues'
capture of Christophe Dugarry two years ago, representing a massive coup for the club.

Kanu, who scored against Albion in last season's Carling Cup victory for the
Gunners, has also been linked with Charlton and Villa, but it is the Baggies
who have the edge.

Meanwhile, Albion are also putting the finishing touches to the signing of
Greening - with an undisclosed fee already agreed for the ex-Manchester United man.

Megson admitted this weekend would be crucial to Albion's preparations for
the forthcoming season as he homes in what would become his fifth and sixth summer signings.

"We are looking a little bit short but hopefully we can solve that by making
a couple of signings in the next couple of days," said Megson.
Assistant manager Frank Burrows is expected to take over the reigns for this
afternoon's clash against FC Fredericia and may remain in charge for the
final four days of the Danish training session.

The Baggies take on FC Midtjylland on Tuesday night and then play three more pre-season games in England.

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Fredericia 0 West Brom 2

By Vicky Lucy

WEST BROM strikers struggled again to leave Gary Megson even more determined to wrap up the signing of former Arsenal striker Kanu.

The Baggies boss missed his team's unconvincing win over Danish part-time opposition after flying back to Birmingham in a bid to seal the signature of the Nigerian international.

Kanu, 27, is available on a free transfer following the end of his five-year Highbury career and spent yesterday locked in talks with Megson at The Hawthorns.

And judging by this lacklustre display by the Premiership new boys, the Baggies are in desperate need of fire power. Megson already has four strikers in the shape of Lee Hughes, Jeff Horsfield, Scott Dobie and Rob Hulse.

But Hughes's future is in the balance as he faces trial next month after pleading not guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving. In addition, Hulse and Dobie are unproven at Premiership level.

Horsfield and Scotland international Dobie spearheaded the Baggies attack.

It was left to midfielder James O'Connor to open the scoring in the 28th minute and Dobie made it safe for Albion five minutes from time.

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Kanu to mull over Baggies option

Gary Megson has been told he must be patient over his attempt to bring Arsenal striker Kanu into his promoted West Brom squad.

The Nigeria international's representatives were locked in transfer talks with Megson at The Hawthorns on Saturday - while Albion were beating Fredericia 2-0 in the latest game of their short tour of Denmark.

But no decision was reached at the meeting and now the Albion boss has to hope all went well or he could have to start looking all over again for the proven goalscorer he wants to add to his team.

Megson has been told Kanu wants time to think about moving to the West Midlands after being released by the Gunners and it could be days before the player decides where he wants to continue his career.

Albion have also been talking to Middlesbrough's Jonathan Greening after agreeing a £1.8m fee for the former Manchester United midfielder.

But Greening has also asked for more time to consider the offer he has been made, with Megson forced to play a second waiting game.

The manager is desperate to strengthen his squad further after making four signings but, in recent weeks, he has missed out on a string of top transfer targets.

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Former Inter striker Nwankwo Kanu was in talks with West Brom yesterday. The Nigerian international is out of contract at Arsenal.

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West Brom Battle Villa for Kanu As Super Eagles Star Weighs
Premiership Options

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July 27, 2004
Posted to the web July 27, 2004

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Newly promoted Nation-wide League champions West Bromwich Albion have
joined the race to grab the signature of two-time African Footballer
of the Year, Nwankwo Kanu.

Kanu, released a few months ago by Premiership champions Arsenal after
six seasons at Highbury, is still in the market for a new club before
the new campaign kicks off in just over three weeks time.

And according to reports out of London the Nationwide League kings,
who stunned Manchester United in the Carling Cup last season, are
pulling all the stops in an effort to land the signature of the
Japan'93 star who is also being wooed by Aston Villa.

THISDAYSports reliably learnt that top West Brom officials are
personally involved in efforts to get the Nigerian World Cup star to
agree to move to The Hawthorns ahead of Villa Park.

West Brom officials are believed to have told Kanu that they want him
to act as a catalyst to attract big names to The Hawthorns just like
his fellow Nigerian international Jay Jay Okocha did at the Reebok
where because of him a number of big names decided to join Bolton
Wanderers.

Former Spanish international and Real Madrid star Ivan Campos and
World and European Cup winner with France Youri Djorkaeff are some of
those attracted to the club because of the presence of the Super
Eagles skipper at the Reebok.

West Brom is also likely to guarantee Kanu a regular place in the team
- a condition dear to the player's heart.

But perhaps more importantly the club is ready to dangle a very good
offer to the former Ajax star, which although will not match the
massive oe42,000 he received at Arsenal is at least better than what
Villa is prepared to give him.

According to Bolaji Oyegunle, a London-based freelance journalist, the
Atlanta'96 star is seriously weighing both offers although it appears
he is more receptive of the West Brom deal because of the personal
efforts the club's top officials have shown in trying to convince him
to join them.

We also learnt that although a number of Spanish clubs are willing to
offer him a better deal, Kanu is reluctant to leave London because of
his new marital status.

"He (Kanu) does not want to move to a country where they don't speak
English because of the effect on his new wife besides West Brom is
only about 90 minutes drive from his house."

Incidentally in an exclusive interview with the player in his home in
London last April, the Tunisia 2004 bronze medallist had described the
British capital as the one best place he had lived in Europe because
'it is one of the few places you can get Nigerian food.' He went on to
specifically mention okro and garri and expressed his desire to remain
there even if he was no longer with the Gunners.

However, one factor the player is bound to weigh heavily before opting
to join West Brom is the fact that the newly promoted club will find
it hard going in the elite division and could even be relegated at the
end of the season.

Only very few of the promoted teams have been able to stay up since
the Premiership kicked off in 1992 - most have gone straight back down
after only one season in the elite division.

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Good signing for WBA IMO, a player with bags of experiance. With those two signings complete what do you think your starting line up will be Balis?
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West Brom Sign Kanu
7/30/2004 12:43:00 PM
Premiership newboys West Brom have signed former Arsenal striker Nwanko Kanu.
The Nigerian arrives on a free transfer and has signed a three-year contract with the Baggies.

The 28-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Inter Milan for £4.5m over five years ago, only played a bit-part role at Highbury in the last two seasons.

Albion boss Gary Megson told the club’s website "We’re obviously delighted Kanu has decided to join us.

"I felt it was important we signed this type of player as I think it takes us forward not just one step but quite a few steps.

"One of the things I mentioned to Kanu was that we would be bringing in other players. And while he will make a difference to us, it’s important we don’t just think this signing will transform us overnight, although it is a massive signing for us.’’



I think this is good for West Brom, Kanu has experience in Premiership and I belive he can do good job in WBA attack.
Who are the other strikers ?? id like to know that...
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Great signing by Meggers. I'm very happy with this, he will be a big hit next season I think

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if his attitude is right you have a gem, if it isn't you have a serious frustration on your hands.



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Kanu's in the bag!

JUST CHAMPION...Kanu has joined Albion on a three-year deal
ALBION have pulled off their most high-profile signing of the summer
by capturing former Arsenal striker Kanu on a free transfer.

And manager Gary Megson has hailed the arrival of the two-times
Premiership title winner as a "big coup" for the Baggies.

Kanu has signed a three-year deal after passing a Hawthorns medical
and agreeing personal terms – to become the club's sixth close- season recruit.

The Nigerian international, who turns 28 on Sunday, joined the
Gunners from Inter Milan for £4.5million five-and-a-half years ago
and his incredible ball skills have often lit up the top flight
stage.

The former Ajax star's arrival follows weeks of delicate
negotiations with the player's representatives – but Albion's
patience has paid off.

Megson said: "We're obviously delighted Kanu has decided to join us.

"I felt it was important we signed this type of player as I think it
takes us forward not just one step but quite a few steps.

"One of the things I mentioned to Kanu was that we would be bringing
in other players.

"And while he will make a difference to us, it's important we don't
just think this signing will transform us overnight, although it is
a massive signing for West Brom.

"The reasons I think he's joining us are all footballing ones and
it's a big coup for this club."

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Great signing for WBA! Good to see Kanu get an important role in a squad again. I will definitely will be keeping an extra eye on West Brom next year.

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Kanu makes his mark on team-mates


By Oliver Bhurrut

GARY Megson is hoping the arrival of Kanu will inspire the rest of his
troops to raise their game during their second crack at Premiership life.

The Nigerian international certainly made his mark in his first Albion
training session this morning (Thursday), with Megson revealing he left one
or two of his new team-mates lost for words with his ball skills.

The Albion manager has confirmed Kanu and fellow new boy Zoltan Gera will be
in his squad for Saturday's 125th anniversary clash against Boavista at The
Hawthorns (ko 3pm).

And Megson said: "In training, Kanu showed the ball to one of the players,
whipped it round him and then got a shot in.

"One of the other lads said 'thank God I wasn't the first one he did that
to'.

"There were a lot more people watching training - one or two of the players
actually sat down and watched a seven-a-side they weren't involved in just
to see how he did.

"We are hopeful his good habits will have an effect on the others.

"The mistake that could be made, but won't be made, is tying him down to one
position.

"With the ability he's got he knows what runs to make."

Megson believes the Champions League, UEFA Cup and Premiership winner can
become as big a signing at The Hawthorns as Christophe Dugarry was at Blues
two seasons ago.

"I felt when Blues brought Dugarry in it was a bit of an eye-opener," he
added.

"Signing someone who had won a World Cup was a terrific statement of intent
and it also enabled them to bring other players to the club because if it
was good enough for Dugarry, it was good enough for them. They've moved up
step by step.

"We haven't signed Kanu primarily for that. It was footballing reasons. But
we know the spin-offs won't do us any harm."

Megson insisted the former Arsenal striker's arrival had already lifted the
atmosphere around The Hawthorns.

But despite recognising his big reputation, the Baggies manager warned the
28-year-old hot-shot not to expect any special treatment and challenged him
to prove himself to a new set of fans.

"When you bring in new players it always gives the club a lift," Megson
added.

"Wherever he's played - and he's played for some fantastic clubs - that has
gone now.

"He has a reputation but he now has to cement that reputation in front of a
new set of supporters.

"A lot of people outside the Midlands will be looking to see how he does at
a new club.

"Pressure is not the right word, but there will be a lot of interest in how
he copes with this.

"Sometimes you can sign someone who is past his best. Hopefully, Kanu is
just coming into his prime. Him joining us is a big thing.

"Hopefully, he can justify his big reputation.

"We've had players like Derek McInnes and Ruel Fox who have played with
bigger clubs than us. No one gets star treatment and it will be no different
with Kanu."

Megson admitted the former Ajax and Inter Milan star has some catching up to
do after missing the bulk of pre-season training.

But he is expecting great things from his most high-profile signing to date,
once he is up to speed with the rest of his squad.

"Kanu's already said it's a team game. He's experienced a lot before and
dealt with it," Megson insisted.

"He has been doing work in the off season but it hasn't been ideal. However,
you have to give and take a little bit.

"He's got this opportunity. Now he needs to get himself fit and play like we
know he can do."

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Kanu thankful for warm welcome
KANU claims he already feels at home at The Hawthorns after receiving a
rapturous
reception during today's (Saturday) goalless draw with Boavista.

The former Arsenal striker immediately added a different dimension to Albion
's attack after being introduced as a half-time replacement for Geoff
Horsfield during the club's 125th anniversary clash.

And he said: "It was nice to see the supporters and let them know I am
here - here to stay.

"Now I have to do something for them.

"They gave me a nice reception. To see everybody shouting your name makes
you believe you are welcome in the team.

"I'm settling in very well and the lads are helping me.

"The manager is always there for me as well."

After only linking up with Megson's men for the first time on Thursday, Kanu
admits it will take him time to build up an understanding with his new
team-mates.

But the Nigerian international insists that will come and he is already
looking forward to the Premiership opener at Blackburn next Saturday.

"It wasn't the debut I may have wanted but it comes after only a few days of
training with the lads," said Kanu.

"It was the first time I have played with them so I have to improve with
that.

"The most important thing is to know each other and understand each other.

"Today's game showed there was a lot of difference between the players, so
we have to work hard to achieve that understanding.

"But the way we are carrying on means that it won't take long before that
happens, because I believe everybody here wants to work and wants to win."

Kanu added: "It was a physical game and that is good for us.

"It's always good to play teams like Boavista, although when you're in the
Premiership it is a different ball game.

"I am looking forward to Blackburn and I believe everybody is.

"The first game is always important. We don't want to give away anything to
any team."

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Manager hails 'terrific' Kanu

GARY Megson was in danger of running out of superlatives as he described
man-of-the-match Kanu's twinkle-toed display at Blackburn.

The former Arsenal striker's bag of tricks mesmerised the Rovers defence and
Megson believes the Nigerian international's magic can rub off on his
team-mates in the coming weeks.

And he admitted to being envious of Kanu's ex-manager Arsene Wenger -
because he can effectively call on 11 Kanus!

"I thought Kanu was absolutely terrific," said the Albion manager.

"He's got such quality on the ball and very rarely gives it away.

"He was a constant threat today and capable of beating people on a tanner.

"It's a strange thing because I was watching him in training on Tuesday and
his ability was sublime.

"It then dawned on me Arsene Wenger's got 11 of those type of players on the
pitch all the time.

"No wonder he sits there so calm!"

Megson is looking forward to seeing Kanu link up with the other Albion
player who is renowned for his silky skills, Jason Koumas, who served the
first game of his four match ban in the Blackburn stands.

"Kanu's ability on the ball is marvellous and he will bring the best out of
others," added Megson.

"We didn't have probably our most recognised player in terms of ability in
Jason out there today and he was a bit upset before the game.

"I think that's because he wants to get on the pitch and play in the same
team as Kanu."

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KANU DEMANDS ALBION MUST ATTACK

West Brom new boy Kanu has urged his team-mates to ditch their defensive
image and push forward in their fight for Premiership survival.

Albion´s Nigerian international made an exciting debut in their opening 1-1
draw against Blackburn at Ewood Park.

But afterwards he echoed manager Gary Megson in professing to be
disappointed with his side´s negative strategy - and insists he will instil
in his side the desire to attack.

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Kanu urges attacking policy

West Brom's Kanu has urged his team-mates to adopt an attacking
strategy in a bid to prove the critics, who say the Baggies will go down,
wrong.
The former Arsenal striker made an impressive debut in West Brom's
opening 1-1 draw at Blackburn, which saw the promoted side take a first-half
lead.

Kanu said: "If you defend and defend and defend a goal will come.

"We know we can play but must believe in ourselves. We did not do what
we had to do because we allowed them to play."

Kanu added: "When we want to go forward we should go forward and
that's what we have learned. We don't have to sit back for any team."

Kanu held the ball up well for West Brom and Megson was delighted with
the Nigerian international's performance.

The West Brom boss said: "Kanu was absolutely terrific and his quality
on the ball is marvellous.

"He will draw the best out of others in the team and there were times
when he led them a right merry dance."

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Kanu unfazed by lack of goals
by Peter ORourke - Last Updated 16 Sep 2004

West Brom striker Kanu has admitted he is not worried by his lack of goals
for his new club.

The Nigerian international has still to find the net for The Baggies since
arriving on a free transfer in the summer.

Kanu is not concerned at not scoring, insisting he is trying his best for
the team.

"I am a team player. Most times I don't think about scoring myself," Kanu
told Daily Champion.

"I try to help the team generally. I am not the kind of out-and-out striker.
I support the strikers.

"I will score if the opportunity comes but I am more interested in the team
doing well."

Kanu is enjoying life at The Hawthorns and believes his best is yet to come.

"I came here because I wanted to be playing regularly," added Kanu. "I am
doing that now and I am a more refreshed player.

"I still insist that my best is yet to come."

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Kanu backs Earnie
By Oliver Bhurrut


KANU revealed there was a queue of players lining up to take the 31st-minute
penalty Robert Earnshaw missed in the Baggies' 1-1 draw against Fulham.

But he insisted they were right behind Albion's £3million club record buy
taking the spot kick, hoping it would be his opportunity to get his
Hawthorns career off to a flying start on his full debut.

And former Arsenal striker Kanu, who is a doubt for Tuesday's Carling Cup
clash at Colchester with a foot injury, believes Gary Megson's men had
plenty of chances to win the game long before his first goal for the club
salvaged a point two minutes from time.

"I'm very, very happy to get a goal but we need to win so as a team we're
not very, very happy," Kanu insisted.

"We could have scored three goals in the first half and seen off the game
but we didn't and Fulham came back at us.

"Rob missed a penalty but that's football and you need to keep on trying to
make it up.

"After the first half we just told him he had to be strong and keep trying
to create chances.

"Darren Purse, Jonathan Greening and I can also take penalties.

"But it was Rob's debut and he wanted to score so it was important we left
him to it to try and give him a boost."

The Nigerian giant was impressed by his new 5ft 8in strike partner's
all-round game and is looking forward to forging a 'little and large' act.

And he believes the Welsh ace's pace could be a major asset in Albion's
Premiership campaign.

"It's my first time playing with anyone as short as Rob but he's got pace
and that's a big asset," Kanu added.

"Whenever we get the ball we can put him through and that's a big bonus for
us.

"It was our first start together and it didn't go too bad.

"We created a lot of chances and if we keep on playing together we can learn
each other's strengths and get better.

"The physio is going to look at my foot today (Sunday) and I will know then
if I'm okay to play on Tuesday.

"I just got a kick from one of their defenders."

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Spokeman dismisses exit reports
By Andy Toft
Nov 4, 2004, 13:31

Albion today moved quickly to quash fears that Kanu could be on his way out of The Hawthorns.

Reports in Nigeria claimed the striker was the subject of interest from other clubs and could leave the Baggies when the January transfer window opens.

But an Albion spokesman said: "Kanu signed a three-year deal in the summer and both the club and player are very happy."

The ex-Arsenal star, who became the best paid player in Hawthorns history when he signed this summer, was reported to have said: "Yes, a number of clubs have been coming to me especially from Spain, Holland and even from the Premiership.

"So far I am not doing badly in my present team and I cannot say for now that I am leaving them."

His performances so far this season have established him as a firm favourite among Baggies fans.

And the club will be determined to hang onto a player with a wealth of experience at the very highest level.

The emphasis at Albion will be on adding to their squad rather than letting their star names go when the window opens in January.

The new manager will have around £10m to invest in new players.

A striker is bound to be on his shopping list with £5 mm Aruna Dindane still a Baggies target.

At least one central midfielder will also be a major priority for whoever takes over the Albion hotseat.

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