Slaven Bilic wants additions at West Brom

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Slaven Bilic has reiterated his desire to sign a couple of players this month – with the boss also confirming his interest in Dinamo Zagreb winger Mislav Orsic.

West Bromwich Albion manager Slaven Bilic

Since the January transfer window opened, Bilic has stressed the need to add quality over quantity with the head coach happy with the overall strength of Albion's squad.

But the boss would like to make a couple of signings in the next fortnight, with the Croatian confident there will be new arrivals before the deadline passes.

"It’s very quiet, it’s very quiet in the whole league,” Bilic said when asked how deals are progressing.

“Apart from a couple of loans, nothing has really happened big time, but I’m sure that everybody is working.

"It’s a very important stage of the season, as it is with us.

“We knew that it would be. I’m really happy with our squad and where we are.

"We’re there, and we’re positive, but like for every other club we need a couple of players, in this crucial period, to boost the quality of our team.

“Not the quantity - we have the quantity. We don’t need more players. That’s why we have a good group, because everybody feels more or less important.


“But you need a couple of quality ones. Hopefully, we’re going to do it. I’ve been told we’re trying our best, but the sooner it happens the better.

“I expect us to finish a couple of deals.”

Earlier this week reports emerged in the Croatian press that Albion are interested in signing Orsic who is believed to be valued at around £9m by his club.

The 27-year-old, who made his international debut for Croatia back in September, has already netted 17 times this season for a Zagreb side closing in on a 15th title in 16 years.


Five of those goals have come in the Champions League with Orsic netting a hat-trick against Atalanta and also scoring against Rosenborg and Shakhtar.

And Bilic confirmed he is interested in bringing the winger to The Hawthorns.

"Orsic is a good player, of course he is a good player," the head coach continued.

"He made his mark at Dinamo Zagreb, not only in the league but also in the Champions League.

"He has scored four or five goals in the Champions League - a hat-trick against Atalanta.

"He broke into the national team and we have a hell of a national team – not an average one, we have a good national team.

"We are interested in him, yes. Is it going to happen? Who knows, we'll see."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.


Top Stories


More from the Express & Star

UK & International News