The transfer window may not close for another month, but West Brom have already conducted a considerable amount of business.
West Brom’s former chief executive Mark Jenkins told the Express and Star last month that “Albion always have to box clever in the transfer market”.
He added: “Whatever figure the club has got, any player sales goes on top. And if there is a player on a significant wage, that will also go back in the pot if you sell him and bring someone in on a lower wage.”
The Baggies have now brought in five players, three of which were already at the club last season on loan, but are now back as permanent players.
The most recent incoming saw Callum Robinson rejoin West Brom from Sheffield United, signing a five-year contract in a deal that sees Oliver Burke go in the other direction.
According to reliable journalist Alan Nixon, it was always ‘part of the plan’ to bring Robinson back to the Hawthorns, so Slaven Bilic will be happy to have got his man.
Both of these players were integral to West Brom’s promotion securing side last season, registering a combined 16 goals and 24 goals between them.
The fact that both players have played for West Brom before means that there will be no transition period where they have to find their feet at a new club. Diangana and Pereira can get straight down to work and help the Baggies stay in the Premier League.
West Brom have also secured the services of defender Cedric Kipre, 23, who joined from Wigan Athletic for £750,000.
The centre back was part of a Wigan defence that kept 12 clean sheets in 36 Championship appearances. The six-foot-three defender also managed to grab himself two league goals.
Kipre has been talked up by some at the club with West Brom sporting director Luke Dowling saying to the Express and Star: “I believe we’ve signed someone in Cédric who has got the potential to really establish himself as a Premier League defender.”
If Kipre does become an established Premier League player at the Hawthorns, then the £990,000 transfer fee will look like an absolute bargain.
David Button also joined the club from Brighton for £500,000. He comes in as a backup goalkeeper as cover for Sam Johnstone, but his addition adds depth and experience to Slaven Bilic’s squad.
The only thing missing from West Brom’s list of additions this summer is a striker. Karlan Grant and Andre Gray have both been linked with moves to The Hawthorns recently with Athletic journalist Steve Madeley reporting that it is ‘inconceivable’ that Slaven Bilic will start the season without a new striker available to him.
If the Baggies can get a good striker in before the transfer window slams shut then it will top off what is already a very good summer for West Brom.
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