Report: West Brom to prioritise strengthening in three positions this summer

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

West Bromwich Albion have enjoyed a brilliant year in the Premier League, so a crucial summer awaits.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the matchWest Brom manager Tony Pulis

A report in the Telegraph has suggested that West Brom will look to target a new centre-back, winger and striker during the summer transfer window as the Baggies look to capitalise on what has been an excellent season.

Tony Pulis' men are currently eighth in the Premier League with a seven point cushion to both the team above and the team below currently. Therefore, with just nine games to go, it seems somewhat unlikely that West Brom will finish anywhere but in their current position in the table.

Some may suggest that, given the calibre of teams above them in the table, the Baggies may have reached their ceiling, but it appears that Pulis is not ready to rest on his laurels and plans to strengthen significantly over the summer.

The Telegraph reports that he will be given funds to spend, and it appears that he has already earmarked what he hopes to spend it on.

It will not be a surprise that a new striker is on their radar. Salomon Rondon is the club's top goalscorer this term, but only has seven goals to his name. Meanwhile, Hal Robson Kanu has started in just two of his 23 Premier League appearances.

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring their first goalWest Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring

The West Brom defence has been excellent throughout the campaign, but with Gareth McAuley now 37, it makes sense for Pulis to target someone who can play at the heart of the defence - even though McAuley has been brilliant this term.

And with Matt Phillips proving just how influential a talented winger can be in a team - having scored four and contributed eight assists in the top flight during his first campaign at the Hawthorns - Pulis may feel that going out and adding another to his West Brom squad could give them an even greater chance of building on what has been a great campaign.

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