West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has handed in his transfer wish list to the club’s hierarchy as he looks to build a competitive squad.The Baggies have made only two signings since the end of last season, bringing in Billy Jones and Gareth McAuley, and Hodgson is keen to make further additions before the start of the new Premier League season.
Hodgson guided West Brom to an 11th place finish after taking over at the Hawthorns in February, and he now wants to build a squad capable of pushing into the top 10.
“There are a couple of major targets that I have identified and would like to see the club sign,” Hodgson told The Express & Star.
“For me, it’s the sooner the better on them. I don’t think we need an awful lot.”
“We’ve got a big squad and decent squad, but there a couple of players I think could be really important for us and make a major difference.”
The loss of Scott Carson to Bursaspor leaves Hodgson without a genuine number one goalkeeper, one area he will surely be looking to address in the transfer market.
But Hodgson says he has made his wishes clear to chairman Jeremy Peace and sporting director Dan Ashworth, and hopes to be given the funds to pursue quality signings.
“The club know who they are – the chairman knows and Dan knows – and hopefully they will be working on that,” Hodgson said.
“I can’t say whether I’m confident because I don’t control the club and I don’t control the purse strings.”
“But I have made it very clear to the chairman and to Dan the ones I think would undoubtedly make us stronger.”
“Now it’s up to them to decide whether that is a possibility for the club or not.”