Premier League duo gamble on risky signings to aid their fight against relegation

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Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion each added to their squads on Friday evening to try to ensure that they maintain their Premier League status this season.

The Welsh outfit signed striker Alberto Paloschi from Chievo on a three-and-a-half-year deal, for an undisclosed fee which is understood to be in the region of £8m.

Paloschi is a relative unknown to an English audience, but new manager Francesco Guidolin worked with him at Parma and is trusting the 26-year-old to fire the Swans to safety.

Swansea have won two on the bounce to climb out of the drop zone, but are still only four points above trouble and are the joint-second lowest scorers in the division.

Paloschi has also previously played for Genoa and AC Milan, and has 50 goals to his name in 181 Serie A appearances, but is obviously unproven in the Premier League.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has gone for Premier League experience, but his signing has its own element of risk, gambling on the fitness of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro.

The Brazilian midfielder has joined on loan from Loftus Road for the rest of the season. He only made 28 appearances in 18 months for QPR, largely because of injury problems.

If Pulis can get him on the field, Sandro could be a great asset for the Baggies to ensure that they are not dragged into the relegation mix – they currently have a seven-point cushion.

The 26-year-old was a fan favourite at Tottenham Hotspur because of his determination and tough tackling, attributes that will no doubt lend themselves to a Pulis-managed team.

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