Tony Pulis: West Brom cannot complete ‘unrealistic’ transfer business

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has admitted that QPR and Nottingham Forest are valuing their players far too high.

West Brom have been attempting to complete deals for Matt Phillips and Michail Antonio this summer, but Pulis has told the Birmingham Mail that both clubs are valuing their players far to highly in the transfer market.

He said: “We’ve got numerous targets and we will keep trying to do them, but you have to understand that we have to do good business for the club financially. We have to have a list of players and if people are unrealistic and ask too much, we have to move on and find people who are realistic and people who want to play for this club.”

Although not directly referencing either Phillips or Antonio, it is clear that Pulis is talking about the Championship duo.

The Mirror linked both players with a move to the Hawthorns this summer, claiming that Phillips has an asking price of £10 million, whilst Antonio is available for £6 million.

Although Phillips is rightly valued higher than Antonio - and both are valuable commodities due to their homegrown status - it is hard to agree with either player being marked up that high.

Phillips only enjoyed one good Premier League season, whilst Antonio has yet to even play at the top level of the game, despite his clear talent in the Championship.

Pulis wanted both players at the Hawthorns next season to improve his attacking options, as the Baggies’ do lack strength in the final third, but for the asking price there are better options out there.

Pulis would be better spent searching the foreign markets for potential signings, as he will likely be able to sign better players than Phillips and Antonio for much cheaper prices.

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