West Bromwich Albion have made just two signings in the January transfer window – Andy Lonergan from Stoke City and Robert Snodgrass from West Ham United – and only have until Monday to add to that list.
Sam Allardyce told the Express and Star that he wants “two more” signings but also admitted that he’s struggling in bringing players to The Hawthorns and is “not that confident” of landing transfer targets.
He said: “It’s the last week so I’m not that confident, to be honest with you. There have been a lot of players who we felt we were close with and then other clubs appeared who were more attractive to that player.”
With West Brom sitting 19th in the Premier League and six points adrift of safety, it’s not surprising that other clubs in the division are better positioned to sign their transfer targets.
Allardyce also lamented Albion’s lack of transfer funds, saying: “Sometimes it’s fallen down because we are not in a position to buy a player outright at this moment in time.
“We are looking at loan players, maybe with a possibility of buying them at the end of the season if we are still in the Premier League – but that is not getting us very far at the moment, unfortunately.”
The final week of the transfer window will see clubs make a big effort to push out their deadwood, so Albion might be able to capitalise on the situation.
Allardyce added: “There are still quite a few players available in the market this week, it’s whether we can get the right ones for West Brom, the right ones to improve our squad. We’d like two more if we can.”
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They are also the second-lowest scorers in the division (15 goals) and have enquired about Stephane Bahoken, Josh Windass, Mbaye Diagne, Christian Benteke, Andy Carroll, Kasper Junker, Dwight Gayle, Josh King, Cenk Tosun, Haris Seferovic and Nicolai Jorgensen to no avail.
So, who else will Albion manage to bring in before the transfer deadline? Judging by Allardyce’s deflated remarks, don’t be surprised if the answer to that is ‘nobody’.