Allardyce to use blanket approach and reveals West Brom winter target

Neil Foster
Sam Allardyce TEAMtalk

West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he will be running the rule over hundreds of potential signings this month.

The former England chief replaced Slaven Bilic at the Baggies helm in December. He was charged with the task of overseeing another rescue mission, with Albion deep in the relegation mire.

There has been a slight improvement, with five points from six games in charge. However, the West Midlanders are still 19th in the standings and five points from safety.

They have an opportunity to add to that tally when they travel to West Ham on Tuesday night.

Allardyce has proved over the years that he is a master at recruiting the right players at the right time. And the 66-year-old insists he will leave no stone unturned this month to bring in at least three new faces.

“I’m very adept in this window,” he said. “It’s very difficult, but I’m used to doing business in it. So we’ll do between 100-150 – maybe even 250 enquiries during January to get the men we need. That was the same at all the other clubs I’ve been at.

“Hopefully, by the end of that we’ll get three or four good players who can go straight into the first team – or certainly not take very long before they do because we need that boost.”

Striker rumours persists

One player whose name keeps cropping up in connection with Albion is Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne. The Senegal international has scored 11 goals from 19 appearances this term.

He did blot his copybook on Sunday when receiving a straight red card in a 2-0 loss to Besiktas. However, that will not deter Allardyce, who wants a loan with the option to buy, according to the Express & Star.

He has already recruited Robert Snodgrass and Andy Lonergan this month. Snodgrass made his debut in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Wolves.

That was just Albion’s second in the Premier League this season. ‘Big Sam’ now wants to build on that result and freshen up the squad to provide competition.

“It will be a great help to the players to get another good result, maybe even a win,” he added. “If I add some quality players, the rest of the players here will look around and say ‘yeah, we can do better, because we’ve got better players here now’.

“That’s happened wherever I’ve been, whenever I’ve taken over a club in this position.”


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