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Chairman’s Statement

1 September 2016

John Williams discusses Albion's summer transfer window

I believe we finished the summer transfer window stronger than we started having added Nacer Chadli, Allan Nyom and Hal Robson-Kanu in the final week.

Yesterday’s last day of transfer window activity saw us bring in the Cameroon international full-back Nyom from Watford for an undisclosed fee before we received permission from Wales for Robson-Kanu to leave their training camp and complete his transfer to the Club.  

That took to five the total of our summer signings following the earlier arrivals of Matt Phillips and Brendan Galloway before Chadli was signed on Monday. 

The end of the window also saw Rickie Lambert and Cristian Gamboa leave the Club and Sebastien Pocognoli depart on loan. I would like to thank them for their services and wish them well in their new opportunities at Cardiff City, Celtic and Brighton respectively.

At the end of last season, we also opted not to renew the contracts of Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe while James Chester was sold to Aston Villa in August. Likewise our thanks and best wishes go to these players. 

Our Head Coach Tony Pulis is very selective and particular about the players he recruits so it follows that the new team members will add significantly to his first-team options. Tony wanted five and we got five. 

That having been 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 on-going support of Jeremy Peace and Guochuan Lai.

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. 

However, it does mean we can re-group if a suitable new deal presents itself in January when we will be ready to act. 

It has been an extremely difficult market but we’ve ticked some of our boxes. 

However, there is no room for complacency in what is the most competitive league in the world. The work starts again today.

John Williams
Chairman.

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