Tony Pulis confirms West Brom ‘need to do’ business before close of the transfer window

Tony Pulis has urged West Brom to capitalise on the opportunity presented by their recent takeover and raid the transfer market for further signings.

It was announced last week that a Chinese group led by investor Guochuan Lai had agreed a deal with former chairman Jeremy Peace to buy the club.

Former Blackburn chairman John Williams has since succeeded Peace, and Pulis has called on him to invest in new players.

Under Peace they had been among the most prudently-run clubs in the Premier League, spending far less than Pulis was used to while manager of Stoke.

Matt Phillips remains the only arrival at the Hawthorns this summer, having been signed from QPR, and Pulis wants to ensure the Baggies don’t stagnate due to a lack of investment.

“The club has had, and still has, a lot of players who have been here for a long time,” Pulis said following the opening day 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

“They’ve been fantastic players, fantastic servants, but they need competition, they need people who can play in that team and want to be in that team. That’s what this club needs.

“I’ve been here now 22 months. It’s been one of the things I’ve said – the club has almost stagnated, and it really needs to get on its front foot.

“It’s the only club in the West Midlands this year that’s in the Premier League, (has) fantastic support, and the supporters and everybody around the place – we need a little bit of impetus.

“We’re trying to do business, we need to do business, and we’ll go from there.

“Hopefully we’ll get it in the next two weeks. It’s a big two weeks for me and the football club.”

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