West Brom fans urged to be patient during transfer window; talks opened with McAuley and Yacob

Director of football administration Richard Garlick claims there is little substance to recent rumours regarding recruitment at the Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick has urged the club’s fans to be patient in the transfer window, via the club’s official website.

The Baggies are being linked with a number of players as recruitment drives across the country start to warm up following the end of the season.

The recent admission by head coach Tony Pulis that he is looking to make extensive changes to his squad ahead of next season has sparked most of these rumours, with the experienced manager keen to bring more quality into his squad.

Garlick, though, has urged fans to remain calm and not get caught up in the transfer speculation.

“We are being linked with, quite strongly in some cases, all manner of players from all corners of the globe and the stories are simply not true,” he said.

“The stories build an expectation of business which the fans feed on and I don’t think that helps us in the long term. Tony has made it clear that he wants to shake things up so we are not resting on our laurels. But it is important for supporters to stay calm.”

The director has also confirmed that the club are negotiating new deals with fan favourites Claudio Yacob and Gareth McAuley.

McAuley, 35, is out of contract but Albion are keen to secure him on a new deal given his good performances. In contrast, the club decided to take up their option on Yacob, which ties him to them for another season, although they have offered to extend his deal further.

“This is the quietest month on the football calendar,” added Garlick.

“What I can say is that we have spoken to the agents of Claudio and Gareth and we have now made our offers to them and I’m waiting a response.”

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