West Brom target January move for ex-Derby and Real Madrid forward - report

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West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in a January deal for former Derby County and Real Madrid forward Alberto Bueno.

West Bromwich Albion had been enduring a tough start to the season under new manager Alan Irvine after two draws and two defeats in their first four games, but things have been looking up for the Baggies since they beat Tottenham 1-0 on Sunday to land Irvine's first ever Premier League win as a manager.

The former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday boss was a strange appointment as chairman Jeremy Peace searched for a replacement for Pepe Mel, but the Scot was backed in the transfer market with the signings of Andre Wisdom, Christian Gamboa, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Jason Davidson, Sebastian Pocognoli, Craig Gardner, Silvestre Varela, Sebastian Blanco, Brown Ideye and Giorgios Samaras.

Despite the arrivals of attack minded players such as Varela, Blanco, Ideye and Samaras, West Brom have scored just three goals this season - the joint-second lowest total in the Premier League.

With that in mind, Irvine may look for more attacking reinforcements after speculation that a move for Rayo Vallecano forward Alberto Bueno could be on the cards in the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old started his career with Real Madrid at the age of just 13, and became a prolific goalscorer for their B team before a 2009 switch to La Liga rivals Valladolid. After just one season with them, Bueno joined Derby County on a season-long loan scoring five goals in 29 games for the Rams.

The Spaniard is now with Rayo Vallecano, where he has scored 13 goals in 39 games. Yet with his contract set to expire next summer, West Brom are believed to be interested in a cut-price deal in the New Year in order to give Rayo money for him rather than them risk losing him for nothing.

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