Report: West Brom delaying over Ricardo Vaz Te deal, Pulis discusses likelihood of signing

Ricardo Vaz Te

West Brom are holding off signing former West Ham striker Vaz Te on a permanent contract.

Vaz Te has been on trial with the Baggies since last week, but a report in the Birmingham Mail claims that the Midlands club are not closer to deciding whether the striker will be offered a permanent contract with the club.

The former West Ham and Bolton forward, who has a proven, if poor, goalscoring record in English football, has been training with Tony Pulis’ side as he looks to bring another striker in.

Although he can call upon Saido Berahino, Rickie Lambert and Salomon Rondon, Pulis wants to ensure he has another attacking option so he can rotate his squad as he wishes.

Vaz Te could be that player, but Pulis is quoted in the report as admitting he is still unaware of whether a deal will be done to sign the 28-year-old, even though a deal can definitely be done due to spaces being left in the Baggies’ Premier League squad.

Speaking on the deal, Pulis said: “I'm not sure, we'll see. We've got the option because we've got quite a few spaces left.”

This unwillingness to yet commit to a deal suggests that Pulis has still not been convinced by Vaz Te, and it remains to be seen if West Brom choose to sign the attacker on a free transfer in the coming weeks.

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