Pulis explains transfer concerns amid reports he is chasing five new recruits

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

The West Brom boss has made just one signing so far this summer.

West Brom manager Tony PulisWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has explained that he is worried at the club's inability to complete their transfer business this summer, in comments appearing in the Birmingham Mail.

Pulis has only managed to secure the signing of winger Matt Phllips from Queens Park Rangers, suffering a number of setbacks in their other chases.

And the West Brom boss also hopes to bring in as many as four or five players before the end of the window, says the report.

"I'm always worried, whether it's six weeks or eight weeks," Pulis is quoted as saying in the Birmingham Mail with the deadline approaches. "Getting deals done today is not easy.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

"Bournemouth are paying £15m for a wide player, it's getting your head around doing deals of that magnitude that's difficult.

"The money that comes into football usually escalates in respect of players' value and wage demands. Put the agents on top of that and most of the cream's gone off the cake."

Having pulled out of a deal for West Ham forward Diafra Sakho over concerns for the players fitness earlier in the summer, the Baggies had further woe in their pursuit of a solution to their left-back problems.

Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp in action with Swansea's Wayne RoutledgeLeicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp in action with Swansea's Wayne Routledge

West Brom have also been unable to bring in Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp, making a number of bids for the Premier League winner, and it has left the wide man reportedly desperately unhappy and staying put in a place where he will only be second or third choice in a position, rather than first choice as he would have been at the Hawthorns.

Clearly Pulis is having to be careful with his transfer budget while other club's spend openly, and it is possible the uncertainty over the club's ownership has played a part in that.

But despite the Welshman's concerns, he hadn't written off the prospect of doing business before the window slams shut.

"It's happened at West Brom in the previous years I've been here," Pulis reasoned. "Where players have not signed until the last minute, deals not done until the last minute.

"Ideally you would love to have everyone in place. Pre-season is a time when you can get people fit and also get them set up in possession and out of possession.

"Just give me the players then let's look at it from there."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis as James Chester prepares to take a throw inWest Brom manager Tony Pulis as James Chester prepares to take a throw in

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