Baggies keen to pick up Piquionne

The 31-year-old Lyon player spent the 2009-2010 campaign on loan at

Fratton Park and scored 10 goals in all competitions. They included

two against Birmingham in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and

another in the shock success over Tottenham in the semi-final win

at Wembley. Piquionne has since returned to Lyon but Albion are

keen for him to return to the Premier League. The club’s sporting

and technical director Dan Ashworth said: “Frederic has got a

couple of years left at Lyon and we’ve made an inquiry but there is

no firm commitment. “He is a player who has been linked with three

or four clubs so he’s not short of options.” Another ex-Portsmouth

player, Albion winger Jerome Thomas, has signed a one-year

extension to his contract which will keep him at the Hawthorns

until the summer of 2012. Thomas made the move to the Baggies on a

free transfer last summer after being released by Pompey. Albion

also expect more offers to be made for their midfielder Borja

Valero who enjoyed a successful season on loan back at Real

Mallorca – the club West Brom signed him from two years ago. They

have already rejected a bid from Sevilla and Ashworth admitted: “I

suspect we will get another offer between now and the end of the

transfer window.” Valero is back training with Albion but has

intimated he would welcome a permanent move back to Spain after

struggling to adapt to the Premier League during the 2008-2009

campaign.