Premier League side West Brom were reportedly close to signing Ignacio Camacho and William Carvalho.
Tony Pulis’ “selective and particular” approach to player recruitment expense West Brom in the transfer window, if a statement from chairman John Williams is something to go by.
The Baggies brought in the likes of Nacer Chadli, Allan Nyom and Hal Robson-Kanu before the deadline, but reportedly missed out on Malaga star Ignacio Camacho and Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho.
Pulis had targetted 5 new signings and got just that – a point created abundantly clear in Williams’ comments – but though the quantity box was ticket, it can be doubtful the arrivals fulfilled the high-quality required to enhance their Premier League survival prospects.
And Williams’ statement hinted possible problems in the top rated in the Hawthorns.
“Our head coach Tony Pulis is extremely selective and particular concerning the players he recruits so it follows that the new team members will add substantially to his first-team selections,” it study.
“Tony wanted five and we got 5. That possessing been stated, the one disappointment we suffered was not becoming in a position to add a further high-quality midfield player.
“We had been a long way down the road with a deal, which for the second time in the window would have broken the club transfer record, because of the on-going support of Jeremy Peace and Guochuan Lai.
“But it was decided for footballing factors to not pursue this. Regardless of it becoming late within the window, we decided to pursue another high-quality target. Regrettably, we were not able to acquire the deal more than the line.
“However, it does mean we can re-group if a suitable new deal presents itself in January when we are going to be able to act.