West Brom will have a transfer budget of around £25 million to spend this summer, according to Chris Lepkowski.
A recent report from The Telegraph journalist John Percy suggested that Albion will have around £20 million in the kitty as they prepare for their return to the top flight.
And while Lepkowski, who used to be Head of Media for the Baggies, has backed the validity of his claims, he has also argued that there could be a little bit more money made available to Slaven Bilic too.
Responding to a question about Percy’s estimation was reliable via his personal Twitter account, the journalist said: “Absolutely.
“Perce isn’t spoon fed by club. He will have had that piece stood up by several sources.
“I think he said ‘more than 20m’ so 25m would be realistic from all that is being said.
“Given the huge losses incurred by clubs, there will be an inevitable hit on budgets.”
Absolutely. Perce isn't spoon fed by club. He will have had that piece stood up by several sources. I think he said 'more than 20m' so 25m would be realistic from all that is being said. Given the huge losses incurred by clubs, there will be an inevitable hit on budgets.
— Chris Lepkowski (@chrislepkowski) July 30, 2020
£25 million is potentially quite a lot less than some fans will have been hoping to spend this summer.
The Premier League is so often seen as this land of untold riches, and so to have such a relatively conservative budget available will be something of a disappointment to many.
That number looks increasingly small when you consider the fact that West Brom’s priority transfer target is understood to Vedat Muriqi, the Kosovan striker who is reportedly valued at £18.2 million by his current employers Fenerbahce.
That being said, Sheffield United have proven this season that you don’t need to spend a fortune to be successful in the top flight, and if the Baggies can build on the unity that has brought them so much success this summer, they could flourish despite their limited budget.