Tony Pulis: West Brom must sell before buying - Richard Garlick

Tony Pulis
Tony Pulis took over at West Brom in January 2015

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis will have to sell before he can buy in the January transfer window, says the club's director of football administration Richard Garlick.

The Baggies are currently 13th in the Premier League table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

"Tony's identified a couple of areas he'd like to strengthen," said Garlick.

"He's aware that we want to work with a smallish squad and therefore players need to go out to bring others in."

Albion, the lowest spenders on agents' fees last season, spent about £30m last summer on new players, including a club-record £12m on Venezuela international striker Salomon Rondon.

Following that outlay, the Baggies will work under tight restrictions when it comes to potential new recruits next month.

"Tony and I have discussed that and identified how we might trade a few and one or two to go out and hopefully that'll enable us to bring one or two fresh faces in to push the club on and help us get up the league," Garlick told BBC WM 95.6.

"At the moment we've got a fully-fit squad, with Ben Foster very soon to return, so I don't think we'll be rushing in and making any panic decisions.

"If we do going into the market it's got to be right from a football point of view and a financial one."

Will the club be selling Saido Berahino this time?

Saido Berahino (centre)
Saido Berahino scored 20 goals in 45 appearances for West Brom in 2014-15

West Brom rejected three offers from Tottenham for England Under-21 international striker Saido Berahino before the end of the last window and, although the 22-year-old remains a prized asset, Garlick is not expecting the player to leave The Hawthorns.

"We haven't had any formal approaches for Saido since the summer," said Garlick.

"We can't stop people speculating but, from a club point of view, our position is the same as it was at the end of the window - I'm not expecting Saido to move anywhere.

"If he does then that'll be because we've accepted an offer that's acceptable to the club which clearly last time they weren't."

West Brom director of football administration Richard Garlick was talking to BBC WM 95.6's Rob Gurney.

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