Tony Pulis is reportedly pondering his future as West Brom boss after he failed to bring in all of his summer transfer targets.
The Welsh tactician, who is now in the final year of his contract at the Hawthorns, stressed the need to bring in at least five new faces ahead of Wednesday night’s 11pm deadline following Sunday’s dismal 0-0 home draw against Middlesbrough.
Pulis had only signed Matt Phillips for £5.5million from QPR and young left-back Brendan Galloway from Everton on loan before he managed late swoops to bring in Nacer Chadli in a club record £13million swoop from Tottenham, Hal Robson-Kanu on a free transfer and defender Allam Nyom from Watford for £4million.
Pulis fell short of his transfer demands after a bid for Malaga’s Ignacio Camacho collapsed, while Saido Berahino was consigned to at least another half-season at the club despite being touted around to rival clubs all summer.
Another fringe player, Callum McManaman, has also been left in limbo after failing to secure a switch to Sheffield Wednesday before the deadline.
It was hoped that Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai’s buyout of 88 per cent of Jeremy Peace’s shares a month ago would mark an influx of big-money players but it has not worked out that way.
While Pulis will no doubt be frustrated at being unable to improve all the areas of the squad he wanted to, Albion’s new chairman John Williams seemed to suggest it was the manager who played a huge part in scuppering the Camacho deal.
He said: “The one disappointment we suffered was not being able to add a further quality midfield player. We were a long way down the road with a deal, which for the second time in the window would have broken the club transfer record, thanks to the ongoing support of Jeremy Peace [the majority shareholder] and Guochuan Lai [the club’s prospective new owner].
“But it was decided for footballing reasons not to pursue this. Despite it being late in the window, we decided to pursue another high-quality target. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the deal over the line.”
Reports now claim Pulis will seek talks with the new hierarchy and could even walk away if he feels he is not getting their full support.