Alan Nixon has dropped an update on West Bromwich Albion’s January transfer business.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Sun journalist revealed that Valerien Ismael’s side will have to sell at least two players before they can bring in any further additions in the January transfer window.
In response to a fan asking whether there were any potential moves on the horizon for the Baggies, Nixon simply said: “Need a couple out.”
While it is true that, following their relegation from the Premier League last season, the club’s budgets will undoubtedly be tighter than at this time last year, the news that Albion are already relying on player sales in order to fund further additions to the club this winter is sure to have left The Hawthorns faithful furious.
Indeed, aside from the £7.77m signing of Daryl Dike earlier this month, West Brom have not spent a penny on incoming transfers since the arrival of Ismael, despite the fact the club sold Matheus Pereira, Ahmed Hegazy and Rekeem Harper for a combined £18.97m last summer.
Furthermore, the Baggies also managed to get both Charlie Austin and Kieran Gibbs off of their books, with the duo having previously been the club’s top two earners – taking home a whopping £70k-per-week and £55k-per-week respectively.
As such, while, as previously stated, West Brom’s purse strings will be understandably tighter this season, it is still somewhat difficult to believe that Ismael could not spend at least the remaining £11.2m he had previously received from player sales last summer.
Indeed, this amount of money spent in the January window would undoubtedly go an extremely long way to helping the Baggies secure an automatic promotion spot come the end of the season – something which would be worth a great deal more to the club in the long run than an £11.2m outlay this month.