West Brom preparing transfer hit-list for summer

New sporting chief Richard Garlick today revealed West Brom already have a summer transfer hit-list – but January signings are unlikely.

Richard Garlick
Richard Garlick

Hawthorns officials already have plans in place for the close season with on-loan full-back Goran Popov’s permanent move from Dynamo Kiev a likely early deal.

New sporting & technical director Garlick said: “The plans for target positions and what we want to do with the squad in the summer has already been formulated.

“We have also, through our systems, got a good idea of who could fill those slots and we’re very comfortable that we know where we want to be in the summer and who we’re looking at.

“Things will change and people will become available and we will react to that, but all in all I would hope the plan we’ve got will remain in place for that period.”

Garlick reiterated head coach Steve Clarke’s message that new faces are unlikely at the Hawthorns during the current transfer window, although he refused to rule out signings completely.

He said: “We are very happy with the squad and there are no immediate plans to bring anybody in. If an opportunity presented itself – the right opportunity – we would always be happy to look at that.

"We don’t sit here saying ‘we’re not looking to bring anybody in so we’re not doing anything’.”

Popov’s move from Dynamo seems likely to be completed. The Baggies have a permanent deal ‘locked-in’ for the summer, meaning they are not at risk of the Macedonia man being poached by another club.

Meanwhile, Garlick revealed Queens Park Rangers have made no contact with the Baggies over striker Peter Odemwingie since a £2million bid was rejected 10 days ago.

He said:  “We had an offer, which was rejected, and we don’t intend to sell any of our players during this window.

"When offers come in we speak to the players out of courtesy and let them know what the situation is.

“We have had that chat with Peter and he knows what the club’s position is on it.”

Reports linking West Brom to Brentford midfielder Harry Forrester are, meanwhile, wide of the mark.

Comments for: "West Brom preparing transfer hit-list for summer"

CantelloRocket 78

From where I'm standing, this interview's dripping with professionalism and common sense.

Albion are a well organised club, a role model for many other clubs to follow.What's important is that we're constantly reviewing the current situation, AND both thinking and planning well ahead.

We have a sizeable squad of players, with several regulars returning from injuries and other commitments.It's still only January, and we're currently a couple of wins from securing our premiership future, a prize in itself, due to top flight clubs being watched by millions worldwide each week, and the large amount of money premiership clubs will receive next season.

I'm sure we'll still get the usual response of people wishing to pour cold water on the article, and throwing criticisms at the way the club's being run, if this is the case, I suggest either contacting the Albion hierarchy to tell them where they're going wrong, or walk away and do something else with their time.

Whatever.........

Oh please

CR78

Hi mate,

The first words that came to mind when reading this article was professionalism, forward planning and stability (no revolving doors, except the turnstiles of course!)

I think a methodical approach is always better than being burdened with spur of the moment signings.

There will always be a "plan b" if things don't go to plan (eg. Lukaku)

The futures bright . . . .(over here in not so sunny Telford)

Boing! Boing!

sc

Could not agree more 78

boogie

well that answers my argument for january transfers , they might be happy with the squad but, i still think the bench was poor sat.

if we need lakaku to stay for an extra year and our top players to stay then surely we need to be active.

we have got a great opportunity to grab some extra fans thats looking to support a premier club in the area, if as it looks like the villa going down , us then being the only prem club in the area .young lads are mostly only interested in the prem what an opportunity to get them interested in us , and with a couple of inspired signings we could just attract some.

Happy_baggie

No point in spending money to attract those type of fans cos they will desert you the day you start to struggle - I hope all the young kids supporting Albion, Villa, Blues, Wolves and Walsall understand what a commitment this is and why they need to stick with their chosen club and not follow the latest trend !

Albion till I die !!!!!

Jack ♣ Hat.

boogie,

Just to jog your memory: New sporting & technical director Garlick said: “The plans for target positions and what we want to do with the squad in the summer has already been formulated.

Has that soaked in mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

astleistheking

As my dad once told me "you don't choose your chosen". I can see your logic though.

CantelloRocket 78

AITK,

alright mar mate?

I totally agree with your Dad.

As Jose Mourinho said to Steve Clarke recently-

'West Brom fans are the chosen ones......'

( have a nice day, now :)

astleistheking

Are not too bad mate, just watching the missus bump get bigger which is exciting.

Hopefully shall be able to get to a few games in Feb so would be good for a beer and catch up! will let you know when I know.

JimDavis

Far cheaper for the club to offer loads of free or discounted replica kit to kids/parents than to impress people with siginings. I'm a big believer that if your's is the first club shirt a person wears then you have them for life.

'The Class of 68'

JimDavis .....

..... I wish the Wo1ve5 would do what you suggest. We could flog em back for the price of a pie and a pint ..... sorry Jim

COYB ©

Kev in Mallorca

I'll go along with that, continuity rules.

Adéu

r sherwood

It would have been nice t see a couple of new faces in this month

it freshens the squad up a bit , the players also say they like it as well

Jack ♣ Hat.

Richard,

Nice to see you up and running in your new capacity. Thanks for explaining our transfer position so that us fans know what place we are at, i.e. the Osaze situation. Goran Popov is a "Must have" and it is nice to know he is "Tied in". Hope a way to keep Graham Dorrans can be sorted. Full steam ahead for you now, enjoy.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

boogie

hi jack its your old mate boogie

popov a must have , he can't get into the side , im not knocking him he,s done well but he hasn't nailed down a 1st team place.

so as i have been posting the last few days , we need to think bigger and if we wan't to become a top 7 side as alot of fans think were already there . and now were slipping to where we actually will be are getting restless, quite alot of fans by me sat were very vicious towards clarke and some players . only jp can arrest that and waiting for the summer maybe a bit late, i know we shouldn't buy players for the sake of it , but and we won't know how many players signing at the mo were looking at if any !

so jack i know you like to be positive , but be realistic too as the bench on sat and the cup game was very poor.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Boogie,

We build at a given, workable pace which enables us to lay solid blocks on a firm base mate. Our club has to stretch the pounds to remain in the black. Players we would want in the market January are grossly over priced as you well know. It's okay if you are top of the "Money league" like Real Madrid and backed by the government as they are, then one has flexibility. But take Manchester United, they are third, BUT are their massive debts deducted from their revenue in the assessment?. They are allowed to buy players without the threat of a transfer embargo which would handicap the less fortunate, here I go again. I'm positive you can see where I'm coming from. You know as well as I do that we are in a position to be able to hang fire until the Summer when prices will be favourable and suit our pocket. Enjoy this marathon where we are in the leading pack at this time, chill, enjoy and be positive. All we have to do is stay up to get some mega bucks for a few "Pressies" in the Sunshine. There are many clubs that would give their eye teeth to be in our position both on and off the park. Oh! and be, forever ALBION.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. Us fans have a new stand to think about in the near future.

Terrythrostle

I'm glad to hear that Albion will look at opportunities if they arise, especially as we have still got key players on the injury list. I just hope we can cope with our squad until the summer, and don't get any more injuries/suspensions which would affect our position in the league. Come the summer though I would expect Albion to be in the market for players of better quality than we have at the minute! Oh! and no excuse next time around please!

Jack ♣ Hat.

Terrythrostle,

Would that be Sir Terry Throstle?. The season goes on from here mate and players we have been missing will start to filter back and as the season progresses we will get strong enough to finish the season in a good place.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Regarding the ALBION transfer situation I hope Richard has put every-ones mind at rest and taken out all the guesswork. Onward and upward with the BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

'The Class of 68'

Jack ♣ Hat. .....

..... I think you are right, to concentrate on the good and progress forward. I confess a downfall of mine is, taking a peek at the dark side, i'm still learning.

COYB ©

Jack ♣ Hat.

'The Class of 68',

..... and like our great club heading in the right direction. All the best mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

astleistheking

Popov is good news straght away!

Brunt`s left peg

Aitk, yes that is great news about Goran, but i do wonder how he feels losing his place Liam, i expect he is not to happy about it, would you be.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Brunt`s left peg,

Goran has been injured, so what is the rush?. Use your ingenuity.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Brunt`s left peg

Jack, If what you say is correct why was Goran on the bench if he was injured, if he was it just proves my fears that the squad is not strong enough .

Jack ♣ Hat.

Brunt`s left peg,

Where in my post have I stated Goran WAS injured, did I not say he HAD been injured?. What I mean is why put him on at the start and risk him when there is no need to. The defence was holding Villa at arms length in the main, so there was no reason for him to be involved, he will have extra time for training up. Lets not forget the reason why we have two good left backs that your club wo1-Ves would die for.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Brunt`s left peg

Why oh why wait untill summer? why not strenghten NOW, we just going to let a great start to the season just fizzle out,typical albion, as i said if Jeremy dont back us now he never will.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Brunt`s left peg,

If you were an American Indian your name would be "Black Cloud". L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Brunt`s left peg,

.... or Jealous Wolf.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We Only Need One Half!

and by typical you mean a 11th and 10th finish respectively, without the need to knee jerk in those two seasons either?

We Only Need One Half!

and if it failed BLP, what then? what precisely is your plan if it didn't work? you obviously have one, don't you? for you (and others) to argue so regularly and strongly for us to splash the cash, you must see something the current board and majority of fans are missing, so what is it you've found we are all missing? or is your plan simply to follow the Wulfie model if it fails? drop a division, or possibly more, with no immediate prospect of a return to the top flight, sell all your best players with no replacements, and put all infrastructure plans on "hold", some plan, master plan!

Thank the heavens for JP.

Tipton Baggie

Yes i can see the logic in waiting till the summer to do our business and it been the way like it for a few years....but deep down i crave for just once us coming out and splashing the cash and give it a right good go to see where we can end up. Every place higher is added millions so why not....*twang* and back to reality...

COYB!!

Brunt`s left peg

TB, Never going to happen my friend whilst Jeremy is chairman, we are what we are im afraid and this will be the best it ever gets, our only signing in the summer will be Goran, wait and see.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Tipton Baggie,

Our way is to progress steadily and carry on the way we are getting stronger with each passing phase. Look over your shoulder at seasons gone of late, then tell me you don't like and have not enjoyed being a BAGGY.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

'The Class of 68'

Tipton Baggie .....

..... I like it when the Baggies pluck a young player from the lower leagues, even non league. Find them young enough and they can make the step up, even in the Premier League. That is what i regard as scouting. We have come unstuck in the transfer market on a few occasions. The one that springs to mind was the player Big Ron brought in from Middlesbrough £516,000, a huge amount for us at the time, he never produced the goods, i forget his name. Hopefully Albion can find more players of the age and quality of Mulumbu and Yacob.

COYB ©

We Only Need One Half!

Yes, but we can spot talent at any age, where no one else can, look at Gareth McAuley, Lets face it, not many teams can compete with our network at spotting talent, without the need for spending millions?

Surprised Dawson has chosen to go to Bolton when he could have had a loan closer to home at the Wulfies and.........oh hang on, no I'm not!

Jack ♣ Hat.

One Half,

He wanted to go to a bigger club with a better chance of staying in the Championship mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

emma dale

and guess who just had a transfer request turned down? lol

Jack ♣ Hat.

'The Class of 68',

David Mills £516,000 Middlesbrough January 1979 mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The North Bank

Why fix something that isnt broken? Even as a Wolves fan, I have to admit that unless Albion lose Odemwingie or Olsson (Which I think is unlikely) that they have a good squad.

CantelloRocket 78

The North Bank,

I'm really glad you've posted, for two reasons-

1) it takes an insightful Wolves fan two sentences of common sense to spell out something that some Albion fans can't seem to grasp or appreciate, and-

2) we now have you and another Wolves fan, 'Brunt's left peg', on here to compare the extremes-

On the one hand, you being fair-minded and showing intelligence, whilst BLP shown to be jealous and thicker than last week's left over gravy..........

Shropshirebaggy

I reckon, in fact I'm certain that BLP is the same half-wit that said we had no chance of signing El-Ghanassy about 5 mins before he signed!

Thick doesn't come close.

Jack ♣ Hat.

The North Bank,

Would you mind visiting us on a regular basis with your balanced views?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Happy_baggie

After seeing the Swansea ballboy keep the ball for more than 10 seconds against Chelsea I hear Wolves have enquired about a swap deal with Harl Henry.

Shropshirebaggy

Good one Happy, very funny!

It's good to see we have our finger on the pulse and are prepared early for any summer additions to the squad.

We've got players returning from injury so no real reinforcements required unless further injuries happen.

Furthermore, some people who've had a moan recently should read both the Richard Garlick articles to see what we've been saying and to realise how good things are.

Kev in Mallorca

If only? then maybe their grey cloud would drift away.

Adéu

We Only Need One Half!

If it had been Henry instead of Hazard, he would probably have missed!

Happy_baggie

Lots of talk every window about spending millions to "freshen things up" or "give the fans a lift" - why ??

Unless there is a deal to be done that brings in a better player than we have then why bother ??

The North bank has it right (never thought I would say that) - our squad is good - why should we take a financial gamble on someone now when we have targets drawn up for the summer ?

SuperEnzo

Fully agree with all in here although I can't help but think a little raid on blues could be worthwhile. Given their financial problems I'd seriously look at Butland as serious competition for Foster and Redmond who would provide us with some width which we have lacked recently until return of Thomas.

happy boggie

happy baggie, on the contrary, i hear that the lad from swansea has got 3 bruises on his ribs........thats 1 more than wednesbury f.c. in their last 3 league games.

the north bank.....they do have good squad, especially when league 2 bradford may qualify for europe before them.oops.

tipton baggie, yes every fan apart from chelski/man city,,,,,has the same wish.....but you know the rest of football can only shop at tesco when abramovich and mancini can shop at fortnum and masons.

heady days indeed

Happy_baggie

I'm sure that is amusing - if you understand it.

How nice to see khs / solbakkenthechampionship has found a new sign off to make him unique and special.

i miss the "Au revoir our kid" cos that was brilliant (funny yet thoughtful) - but "heady days indeed" is a close 2nd. You are sooooo clever.

We Only Need One Half!

Happy, you spotted the heady days as well ;-) the guy is a prize plum, but, don't forget, only Man Utd fans are worthy to saying anything detrimental about the mighty Wulfies-

khs

January 21, 2013 11:43 pm

bingo, wulvz/cr78/jth/wonoh/psalm26, etc all come on here to tale the proverbial,

as if wba are top of the premier and have every right to ridicule wwfc, they've got 2 points from their last 9 available.

i agree with your point about e and s banning some of these idiots.

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like a pantomime villain, if he didn't exist, we would have to invent him!

Cyril Randle

hboggie. You've been at the fizzy pop again have you not ? You've used English words OK, but, (if I may misquote Eric Morecambe), "not necessarily in the right order" .

Fijian

Why get into a January rush when you can plan and review position in the summer. Lets not have a blood rush to spend when there is no need in January.

As the dingle said why fix it if it ain't broke.

Boing boing

Inside Man

I am sure everyone, including everybody at the club would love to be able to spend serious money. The reality is that unless the right deal comes along for the right player we just can't risk spending money for it to go to waste. We just simply dont have the money to spend to risk breaking into the top 7 within 1 season. Its taken 11 Full seasons to become relatively established in the prem. It would take at least as long again to break into top 7 with our current resources. If we splash the cash we will go into debt and find ourselves having to slash wage bills or playrs much like the villa have been.

Jack ♣ Hat.

Inside Man,

Dead right, perhaps the "Lets spend now" brigade should remember the plight Portsmouth are now in after doing what they are now praying for. wo1-Ves have done the opposite, they have channelled their money in brickwork in their unbalanced way and ended up in the nether regions with their hit and miss management style. Us BAGGIES should be grateful that our Chairman has balanced views and great interest in the way our club moves into the future, yes, we do have a lot to be elated about.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Kev in Mallorca

You can pack that in for a start! don't come on here talking sense.

Adéu

Happy_baggie

Inside man seems to have drastically changed his style over the last few months - nothing for ages and then he posts it will take at least 11 years for us to break the top 7 ??

Inside Man

I am not saying it will take us 11 years, I am just saying yhats how long its takrn for us to be considered a prem team. To challenge for europe ahead of Chelsea Man U Man City Liverpool Everton & Tottenhan is just wishful thinking. We have to build slowly to even think about challenging them on a regular basis

Cyril Randle

I.M. There is one way that, under our present system, would put us on a nearly equal footing and that is, MAKE ALL CLUBS BALANCE THEIR BOOKS EACH SEASON. It has already been suggested at EUFA level and if our wobbly-jelly FA had a back bone they'd be trying to force it through. A bit like waiting for an E.U. Referendum though, it just ain't gonna happen.

We Only Need One Half!

Ok, hands up, which one of youse lot was sitting around yesterday dinner time still congratulating yourself for getting a draw with Villa? come on, hands up, I've looked and I cant find any evidence myself, but it most be true cos KHS made a point of posting it!

How very much dare you!

khs

January 24, 2013 12:53 pm

meanwhile on the darkside, they're all congratulating each other on a point gained against pride of the midlands(villa) a team who lost to league 2(old division 4) bradford.

2 points from their last 9.....heady days indeed.

mike (coseley) Baggie Fan,

Its good to see Richard Garlick settling in and forward planning is always the best way to go, Its Goals And wins we need and strength in the depth of the team we have had our fair share of injuries this season and it would be good to see some of our long run injuried players come back soon it would be good to see Shane Long back in the side and scoring goals.All our fans can look forward to continued progress with the hope we can look over our shoulders with many more seasons to come without worring about relegation. Come on you Baggies keep up the good work.

Enoch

Sadly West Brom will never break into the top 6,clubs getting promoted from the championship with oil money will have bigger spending power than us when they come up.

Sadly i think we"ll end up like Bolton,Blackburn and Charlton spending a few years in mid table,fans get bored,gates drop,wage bill get higher and eventually relegation will happen with a big wage bill round our necks.The greed league does that to you.

Cyril Randle

Aynuk, yow'm Kalied again bay yer ?

CantelloRocket 78

Enoch'd me left peg-

'sadly, Albion will spend a few years in the premiership mid-table....'

Something wolves can only dream of doing, eh?

Ha,ha,ha,ha,ha.........yow mek me loff, keep it up........

dreams eh?

yow mek me loff, yow reely dow......kep it up.......

something only wolves can dream of doing eh? finishing mid table in the premier league(old division one)

only the league which wwfc won 3 times and runners up 5 times!

unless you count wba , well they won it once 1920.........

and runners up twice.......no that does mek me loff, aar kid. rofl

Jack ♣ Hat.

Jog that memory, pasted off U-Tube:

With eight league matches of the 2001–02 season remaining,[nb 1] Albion lay in third place in the First Division on 67 points, 11 points behind rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, who occupied the second automatic promotion spot. United meanwhile were in 15th position on 50 points, safe from relegation but not threatening the playoff places.[1]

[edit]Match summary

Nine minutes in, United's keeper, Simon Tracey, was sent off for handling the ball outside the penalty area and denying Albion a clear goalscoring opportunity. Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock sent on a new keeper, Wilko de Vogt, taking off Peter Ndlovu. The visiting WBA scored a first-half goal through Scott Dobie against the 10-man United, and added a second goal in the 62nd minute through Derek McInnes.

The match turned truly ugly in the 65th minute, when Georges Santos, whom United had just brought on seconds earlier, was sent off for a high and poorly timed two-footed lunging tackle on Andy Johnson. When Johnson was playing for Nottingham Forest the previous season, he had fractured Santos' cheekbone and seriously damaged his eye socket with a swinging elbow.[2] The two teams then scuffled on the pitch; in the melee, another United substitute, Patrick Suffo, was sent off for head-butting Derek McInnes. This reduced United to eight men, with no more substitutions left. Soon after, United captain Keith Curle was fortunate to avoid a sending off after appearing to throw punches at McInnes.

In the 77th minute, WBA added a third goal, Scott Dobie tapping in from short range. Two minutes later, Michael Brown limped off for United, and Robert Ullathorne went off injured in the 82nd minute, reducing them to six men. The referee, Eddie Wolstenholme, then abandoned the game with West Brom leading 3–0. The referee would have been aware of the IFA board guideline to law 3 which states "the minimum number of players in a team is left to the discretion of member associations. The Board is of the opinion, however, that a match should not continue if there are fewer than seven players in either team." Brown was ruled out for the rest of the season due to the injury sustained during this match, despite the allegations that Neil Warnock ordered the player to feign injury to get the game abandoned.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We Only Need One Half!

After pointing out the other day that The Mirror was congratulating them selves on breaking the "news" the previous week that Odem was going to QPR, the Birmingham Mail (solely) is reporting today that QPR are about to move again.

Q) Who owns the Birmingham Mail?

A) Trinity Mirror Group!

is it me?

Enoch

Cantello78,It doesnt bother me one bit what wolves do.The only thing the premier does is make players and agents even richer.If it boosts your ego to stand up and sing "WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE" and you constantly finish mid table and that makes you feel good then you must lead a empty life.

Look at Lukaku,he will cause you more harm than good.The baggies would stop up with or without him and yet the actually players West Brom own will become unsettled like Long by not getting many games because of him.Even Chris Wood could of been giving a chance,but oh no West Brom are improving other teams players who Albion have no chance of signing at the expensive of your own players being peed off for not getting opportunities

CantelloRocket 78

Enoch'd me left peg-

Look-

Your last post said 'WE will finish mid-table....'

You now say 'Lukaku will cause YOU harm..'

Your posts completely contradict each other-

Deluded, nonsensical complete rubbish.....get a life.

emma dale

cr78, leave him alone his got problems of his own. now as for wonoh trying to convince himself and anybody else listening that odem is not for sale, yeasterday wba rejected a written transfer request from ??? osaze odemwingie!!!! well i never!

wba might just have a chance against the toffees, jelavic has got cramp.