Dave Kemp comments on West Brom’s summer transfer plans

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

The West Brom assistant boss has confirmed that Tony Pulis has already started working in the transfer market.

Pulis is set to undergo a major revamp of his playing squad this summer, being his first pre-season at the Hawthorns, and assistant manager Dave Kemp has confirmed to the Birmingham Mail that the Baggies have already started on their transfer business.

“The club are going to have to be active, there’s no doubt about that” the coach, who followed Pulis from Crystal Palace to West Brom, said. “We have already started work. I’ve just been to a game abroad as has the manager.

“We do the leg work all season but we’re now focusing in on targets and it’s started. We have narrowed down what was a great big list, and we know the names we’re focusing in on.”

The game abroad that Kemp and Pulis traveled to was in France, as the Baggies management duo scouted Marseille forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is out of contract this summer.

The French international forward has been targeted as one of the main signings Pulis intends to complete this summer, and being a free transfer, he could turn out to be a great bargain.

As well as Gignac, Pulis is keen to add some pace to his attacking ranks, and is targeting a winger to play alongside Callum McManaman - who arrived at the club in January.

QPR’s Matt Phillips and out-of-contract Bakary Sako have been linked with moves, as per the Mail report, whilst Michail Antonio could be prised away from Nottingham Forest.

It is certainly pleasing to hear that Pulis has already started working on improving the Baggies squad this summer, and it sounds as if there will be a wealth of transfer business completed by the club.

West Brom are keen on finding some stability after a few years of questionable decisions, and Pulis looks to be well on the way to helping the club become an established Premier League side.

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