West Brom manager Tony Pulis says club need “four or five” new signings before the 2017/18 seasons starts – but who could they be?
Transfer business has been slow at West Bromwich Albion this summer, with Jay Rodriguez, loanee Ahmed Hegazy and Yuning Zhang the only new additions – the latter of whom has already been sent on loan to Werder Bremen.
Now manager Tony Pulis has admitted that the Baggies are way behind schedule in terms of recruitment and told the Birmingham Mail he wants “four or five players in” before the 2017/18 season starts on August 12.
So who could they realistically still sign?
Pulis has revealed that the Middlesbrough centre-back is a target and that it will also be “very hard” to sign him after the Sun reports the West Midlands club have had three bids rejected – the latest being around £18m. Hope is not quite lost yet, though.
The departure of Darren Fletcher to Stoke City has left West Brom a little light in central midfield and the Birmingham Mail believes the Leicester City star is a more affordable option than others who have been linked, such as Fabian Delph and James McCarthy.
It’s fair to say Sissoko didn’t have the happiest year at Tottenham Hotspur in 2016/17 following a move from Newcastle United and according to the Sun, Pulis is ready to give the Frenchman a chance to revive his Premier League career at the Hawthorns.
Having missed out on both Kieran Gibbs and Charlie Taylor this summer, left-back remains an issue and this Napoli ace is reported by the Birmingham Mail to be available for around £8m.
After spending the second half of last term on loan with the Baggies and being deemed surplus to requirements at Bournemouth, negotiations started to sign Wilson permanently – although the Birmingham Mail says West Brom face competition from Hull City.