West Bromwich Albion have so far landed the signatures of a third-choice goalkeeper in Andy Lonergan and out-of-favour winger Robert Snodgrass with little over a week remaining in the January transfer window.
Albion spent less money than 11 other Premier League clubs over the summer and their most expensive acquisitions haven’t lived up to their billing. Karlan Grant cost £14.8m from Huddersfield Town and only has one league goal this season. Grady Diangana cost £12.1m from West Ham United and he too has just one league goal to his name.
Joseph Masi of the Express and Star believes that Albion don’t have vast funds for a signing spree in January and will therefore be thrifty in the transfer market. He told the Baggies Broadcast podcast (via HITC): “They are basically not in a position to buy a player this month.
“It’s going to be nominal fees just to help pay off their contracts, free transfers or loans. It isn’t going to be what you would say is a Premier League transfer fee, which for me probably starts at around £7m.”
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While not surprising, this is bad news for West Brom’s hopes of survival.
Albion are 19th in the Premier League and six points adrift of safety, so they desperately need new recruits to climb out of the drop zone.
They’ve conceded more goals than any other top-flight club (43) and have scored the second fewest (15), so Allardyce may need to supplement his squad with more than just Lonergan and Snodgrass to maximise their hopes of staying up.