West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that three potential transfers fell through this past week.
Allardyce discusses three failed deals
The Midlands outfit clearly want to add more players to their squad, but Allardyce has revealed his side have had problems this past week. He said ahead of his side’s match against Wolves (via Birmingham Live):
“You won’t have as many names as we’ve tried to get this week. We’re not at the end of a positive week in terms of people coming in like Robert Snodgrass last week.
“We’ve tried and tried to acquire at least one or two new players this week but that hasn’t come to fruition just yet. There are still plenty of irons in the fire, but we’ll continue to try until the end of the window to improve the squad for the back end of the season, with the fight that lies ahead of us.
“We’ve had three yes that turned into no, so the promises were there and then when it came to the reality of linking the club, the agent, the player, that has been a scenario where – it’s no different to any other January window from that point of view – we get to the final matter and there’s a change, another stipulation that we have to overcome, particularly if they’re from abroad.
“They’ve either not been available on loan, or they only want to sell. The interest comes in, we ask if we can loan them, they say yes, and in the end they say ‘actually, we don’t want to loan, we want this much money’.
“That is generally an enticement by a club in Europe that tries to get you sucked in in the first place. They think “once they’ve got you sucked in you’ll go all the way. But in our situation we can’t do that. I cannot afford to bring a player into the club’s that not good enough.
“In our position that’s not the answer for us at the moment. We may get to a stage where we stay up and may buy the player, we could push in that direction in order to get the right player, but a straightforward buy is out of the question at this moment in time.”
This is no doubt a difficult transfer window for the Baggies. As they sit 19th in the Premier League table, they are in desperate need of bringing in new faces, but reports suggest that they have a maximum of £2m to spend on any one player (The Telegraph).
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As such, it is looking as though Allardyce will have to rely purely on bargains and loans. Whether that will be enough to keep the Baggies in the Premier League is anyone’s guess.
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