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Kevin Phillips is delighted that West Brom have been able to make a breakthrough in their bid to re-sign Filip Krovinovic from Benfica.

Speaking in a press conference ahead of Albion’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday, Slaven Bilic confirmed that he expects Krovinovic, 25, to be back at The Hawthorns by the end of the week.

Bilic added that the Croatian playmaker will be joining the Baggies on a second loan deal.

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After hearing the news, Phillips claimed that Krovinovic’s imminent arrival will help West Brom focus their attention on improving other areas of their squad which need upgrading.

“There’s been a bit of uncertainty surrounding his future over the last few weeks but it’s always good to get the player secured,” Phillips told West Brom News in an instant reaction to Bilic’s update on Thursday.

“It hasn’t been the best start to the season so to get Krovinovic signed and get him settled in would be good news for him and the supporters.

“Bilic can concentrate on other areas now. He can get other players in without having to worrying about securing his services.

“It’s good news all around.”

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West Brom have been reported to have made efforts to re-sign Krovinovic from Benfica on a loan-to-buy basis but it seems that the Portuguese club’s hardline stance has led to Albion simply settling for a straight loan.

When asked what he thinks about the deal only being temporary, Phillips added: “At the moment, I don’t think it really matters. The big thing is that the players is there for the season to help them to try and survive.

“That’s the key to it and they’ll worry about what’s next at the end of the season.

“Now they need to see performances on the pitch when he gets the opportunities.”

Krovinovic made 43 appearances in all competitions for West Brom last season as they won promotion to the Premier League.

He has more competition in the midfield this time around though with Albion securing a loan deal for Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher last week.

In other West Brom news, Albion are keen to sign this 22-year-old international forward.

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