Tony Mowbray is in no rush to dive into the turbulent waters of the transfer market but the West Bromwich Albion boss has not ruled out dipping his toe in.

Mowbray has a wealth of talent all ready at his disposal, as was proved when he had six first team stars out of action just over a month ago.

Players like Jared Hodgkiss and Roman Bednar were given their chance and they took it with aplomb to convince Mowbray that his squad has the depth of talent to see the club through another injury crisis.

But Mowbray knows that if an opportunity presents itself to strengthen his side ahead of the final push for promotion he will try to do business, and he said he would resist any bids to prise some of his assets away from The Hawthorns, although players who he feels do not have a future at the club, such as John Hartson and Ronnie Wallwork, will be allowed to leave.

"I think the January transfer window is a time when business sometimes comes along," he said. "Sometimes business comes along that you don't want and sometimes business comes along that is too good an opportunity to turn down.

"I am reasonably happy with my squad but if the right player at the right price comes along to add to what we have already got I would suggest we might add to the squad.

"There might be some players who have got to the point of frustration and don't see an opportunity for them so might want to leave.

"If an opportunity comes along for them we might let that happen but I'm not going to be out there actively trying to force issues. We'll see what happens.

"I look at my squad and I see competition up front which people can see for themselves.

"Craig Beattie, Kevin Phillips, Bednar and Ishmael Miller all seem to score goals when they get on the pitch at the moment.

"In midfield I had Craig Brunt and Filipe Teixeira sitting on the bench on Saturday and they have proved what quality footballers they are in this league.

"Teixeira and James Morrison can play left, centre or right midfield so there is plenty of competition there.

"And at the back I've got Leon Barnett, who I have paid over £2 million for, who couldn't even get on the bench on Saturday.

"Neil Clement is back now. He has played a lot of football in the Premier League and when you watch him in training he has a wand of a left foot.

"He can hit passes like Chris Brunt can with his left foot so there is plenty of competition. It's probably the wrong phrase but sometimes you get natural wastage in football where players feel like they can't see an opportunity to get a game.

"I've always said that if they don't want to play and they think it's better for them to go elsewhere I am not really one to stand in a player's way."