West Brom are planning to raid the Football League for future signings.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom director of football Richard Garlick has outlined how the Baggies intend to continue in the transfer market, now that they have built a competitive Premier League side.
He said: “Part of the future would be taking those players out of non-league or League One, like a Craig Dawson or a Jamie Vardy, taking them earlier, letting them have a season two seasons at the club with maybe a loan or something like that to then grow into the first-team. You can only do that when you've got a stable club where you've got younger players.”
The Baggies completed extensive transfer business this summer, bringing in the likes of Salomon Rondon, Jonny Evans and James Chester to create a side competitive in the Premier League.
However, they now want to change their philosophy so that they do not need to spend large amounts of money every season, and Garlick has admitted that raiding non-league and the lower divisions of the Football League has become the club’s new aim.
There are success stories in the Premier League of players who have made the step up to the top flight from non-league - Charlie Austin and Jamie Vardy are the main examples - and West Brom want to discover their own non-league future star.
For a club of West Brom’s size, this change in philosophy could prove to be vital, as being unable to compete with the bigger clubs in the division means that the Baggies need to discover the players who can be stars, but who are overlooked by everyone else.