West Brom chief claims Pulis made 'hundreds of calls' during Rondon transfer

Tony Pulis was desperate to sign Salomon Rondon, according to Richard Garlick.

West Bromwich Albion's head of football administration Richard Garlick has told the Birmingham Mail that manager Tony Pulis made 'hundreds of calls' during sign Salomon Rondon.

The Baggies strengthened over the summer by bringing in the likes of Anders Lindegaard, James Chester, Jonny Evans, James McClean, Serge Gnabry and Rickie Lambert, but their biggest signing of the summer was clearly striker Rondon.

The Venezuelan international, 26, smashed 28 goals in 57 games for Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg, but changes to the rules over foreign players in Russia meant they had to sell Rondon in order to keep Brazilian star Hulk.

A fee of £12m was paid to Andre Villas-Boas' men according to Sky Sports, with the robust forward making his big move to the Premier League - and immediately made an impact by scoring against Stoke City.

Now, West Brom's head of football administration has discussed the deal during an interview with the Birmingham Mail, and revaled that manager Pulis made 'hundreds of calls' in an attempt to gauge opinions on Rondon, and the Baggies are delighted to have secured Rondon's signature.

"Rondon became surplus to requirements and when we found out about that through his agent, who is someone we knew and already has players at this club and we get on well with, he presented us with an opportunity," said Garlick.

"Tony (Pulis) made a few, well hundreds of calls to various people about the player and took some great references from people he trusted and all of the reports came back very positive. It was then a case of meeting with his representatives in the south of England, where I happened to be at the time and thrashing something out over a six-hour period in a hotel where we pretty much reached a conclusion," he added.

With Saido Berahino still working to repair his reputation at West Brom, Rondon will be heavily relied upon as the main striker under Pulis this season - and his goalscoring record throughout his career suggests that he could be set for a prolific campaign.

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