Pulis refuses to quit West Brom – but wants five new signings

Date published: Saturday 13th August 2016 2:54

Tony Pulis: Struggling to make new signings

West Brom boss Tony Pulis vowed he will not quit the club despite their transfer troubles but admitted he has been given no assurances over his future by the new owners.

The Baggies chief is after five new players in the final two weeks of the transfer window as the club look to finally sell Saido Berahino.

Pulis wants Leicester’s Jeff Schlupp and Liverpool striker Christian Benteke as part of his rebuilding plans and goes to former club Crystal Palace for Saturday’s Premier League opener having signed just winger Matty Phillips this summer.

Albion were bought by Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited last week which delayed their transfer business.

The club are prepared to let Berahino leave for £20million – with offers from Stoke and Palace on the table – but only after bringing in a replacement, having pulled out of a deal for West Ham’s Diafra Sakho as he was not fit enough.

But Pulis, who walked away from Palace on the eve of the 2014-15 season after a disagreement in their transfer policy, insisted there will be no repeat.

“No, it’s not a case of walking out or anything else,” he said. “My aim is to try and get over the next two weeks five players in that will make a difference to this team.

“The players have been sat there waiting for new players to come in. They’ve worked incredibly hard here in the summer. They’re a good group of lads.

“They’re waiting as well, the important people at the football club are the players. They’ve been waiting for new faces.”

But Pulis admitted he could not be sure on his future following the takeover.

He said: “What if he (owner Guochuan Lai) sacks me? You don’t know. That’s a question that remains to be seen and to be answered.

“As far as I’m concerned I’ve got a job to do, I’ve got a year left and I’m really determined to try and get these players in which is ever so important for the club.”

Defender James Chester has joined Aston Villa for around £9million and Pulis hopes the new owners will give him the backing he needs.

He said: “We’ve got players in mind, and we’re hoping that we can get some. Just look at the back end of last season, we’ve lost four senior players, we sold Chester, and we’ve brought one in.

“We’re well behind the game in that respect. We do need to start to get on the front foot. The club has been stagnant for a while, new owners you hope and pray they’ll give you the backing to push this club on.”

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