West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has claimed that three transfers have fallen through this week as he looks to continue his Hawthorns recruitment drive.
Albion desperately need new faces through to door to aid in the club’s survival fight but it seems that bringing players in is proving trickier than initially thought.
Speaking on Thursday, Big Sam said that it has not been a positive week for the club in terms of signing new players.
Allardyce is quoted by Birmingham Live as saying, “We’re not at the end of a positive week in terms of people coming in like Robert Snodgrass last week.
“We’ve had three yes that turned into no, so the promises were there and then when it came to the reality of linking the club, the agent, the player, that has been a scenario.
“It’s no different to any other January window from that point of view – we get to the final matter and there’s a change, another stipulation that we have to overcome, particularly if they’re from abroad.”
This is far from ideal for everyone associated with West Brom as it seems a difficult task may be getting trickier.
It is true that the January window can be more volatile than the summer window as players and agents have less time to organise moves.
But the fact that three players have backed out of transfers this week doesn’t bode well for the rest of the window.
There is still over two weeks left in this window but you do get the feeling that time may be running out for Albion as they look to recruit.
If targets are backing out now then could we end up with players who actually have very little interest in being here?
Those types of signings are not the ones to be making while in the middle of a relegation dog fight.
Hopefully, if new players are brought in this month they are actually targets of Allardyce and not just whoever was left looking for a club with everyone else already taken.
In other West Brom news, Albion have offered this key player a new £45,000-a-week contract.