Pulis explains what Allardyce said about Ricardo Vaz Te, contract decision imminent

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Brom manager Tony Pulis admits he would like to sign trialist Ricardo Vaz Te.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has told The Sun that he will make a decision over trialist Ricardo Vaz Te in the next few days.

Vaz Te, 28, left West Ham United in January for a move to Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor, but stayed only six months before becoming a free agent - and he now wants a move back to English football.

The Portuguese forward has now joined West Brom on trial, in a bid to win a contract with the Baggies - who are still looking for attacking reinforcements even after signing two wingers - Serge Gnabry and James McClean - as well as strikers Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon over the summer.

Given that he's a free agent, West Brom can sign him at any time, and boss Pulis has been taking a look at Vaz Te over the last few days as he weighs up a deal.

Now, ahead of his side's game against Aston Villa later today, Pulis has told The Sun that he had a conversation with Sam Allardyce - who managed Vaz Te at both Bolton Wanderers and West Ham - in a bid to find out more about the player.

He also admitted that a decision over whether to give Vaz Te a permanent contract will be made in the next couple of days, claiming that he would like to sign him based on his displays in training.

"I spoke to Big Sam about him and he said he did really well initially but then dropped off over the seasons," said Pulis. "He’s here for the next couple of days and then we will make a decision. I’d like to bring him in but he has to prove himself and we have to make sure it is right for us. He seems like a nice lad, he’s worked really hard and is good with the group so we will see," he added.

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