West Brom boss in transfer pledge

West Brom manager Steve ClarkeWest Brom will not pay over the odds in the transfer window, Steve Clarke has warned rivals clubs as he searches for new blood.

The Baggies boss is keen to bolster his squad during the summer months as he wants to build on last season’s impressive eighth-placed finish in the Premier League.

And, despite having a £48.3million prize money windfall in the bank from this past season’s achievements, Clarke is adamant that the club will not deviate from their usual practices in the transfer market and that means not being held to ransom by selling clubs.

Clarke told the club’s website: “The club will continue to operate in the same way as it has over the past few years.

“The strategy will be similar to before which will probably be one big signing. We know the amount of players that the chairman likes to have in the squad so we will work on sticking to that.

“And like at most clubs, there will be three or four coming in and about the same going out.”

Albion are keen to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the Hawthorns from Chelsea following a successful season-long loan, but the striker admitted that he would be interested in joining German Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund.

On the outgoing side, Jerome Thomas and Gonzalo Jara Reyes have already departed, while Peter Odemwingie is also set to get his wish to leave although he will not be allowed to go unless a club meets their valuation.

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