Frustrated West Brom manager Slaven Bilic wants more signings

Frustrated West Brom manager Slaven Bilic wants more signings at the Hawthorns to boost survival bid in the Premier League next season

  • Slaven Bilic is becoming frustrated at a lack of West Brom transfer activity
  • The Baggies were promoted to the Premier League from the second tier last term
  • Bilic wants to resign loanees Filip Krovinovic and Grady Diangana next season
  • The Croatian had hoped for more funds to sign a goalkeeper and a proven striker

Slaven Bilic is growing increasingly frustrated at West Brom’s lack of activity in the transfer market, with the Premier League season barely three weeks away.

The Croat led Albion to promotion in his first year in charge but the club are expected to have little room for manoeuvre during the summer window. 

It is thought the transfer budget is about £25million, plus whatever can be generated from player sales.

Slaven Bilic is becoming frustrated at West Bromwich Albion’s lack of transfer activity so far

West Brom have already sealed a deal for loanee Matheus Pereira (above) but Bilic wants more

Albion have already clinched a permanent deal for Matheus Pereira, who cost £9m from Sporting Lisbon after a successful loan spell last term. Bilic would also like to re-sign loanees Filip Krovinovic and Grady Diangana. 

But midfielder Krovinovic is thought to be available only on a second loan deal from Benfica — rather than permanently — and winger Diangana is under contract for five more years at West Ham and has also attracted interest from Southampton and Fulham — with the 22-year-old rated as worth at least £15m.

‘We don’t have that much money yet,’ Bilic was quoted as saying in a recent interview with Croatian outlet Index. 

Fellow loanee Grady Diangana is another player Bilic would like to see back at the Hawthorns

‘I expected we would have more. I told the owners that we had done a hard job but also that we had to do something now.’

Diangana was a key man for West Brom last season, scoring eight goals and providing six assists even though injuries restricted him to only 23 starts in the Championship. That contribution will be tough to replace if he cannot be brought back.

Although Bilic knew that a spending spree would not be possible, he had hoped for more funds to sign a goalkeeper and a centre forward of proven quality. 

Filip Krovinovic is also wanted by the Baggies after a successful loan spell last term

He is thought to have identified Brentford forward Ollie Watkins as a top target yet the 24-year-old is valued at £25m.

As things stand, West Brom could enter the new season with a similar squad to that which won promotion — minus Diangana and Krovinovic.

Bilic signed a two-year contract at the Hawthorns when he took over last summer and was excited by the challenge of leading Albion back to the top flight — and keeping them up there.

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