The opening of the transfer window may have lead to the usual frenzy in some parts but at West Bromwich Albion, manager Tony Mowbray has adopted a relaxed approach to his dealings.
After the announcement that Mowbray will have to strengthen his squad with loan deals only, Albion have been linked with several targets.
Benfica’s Ariza Makukula, Lens’ Aruna Dindane, Mallorca’s Oscar Trejo and Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood have all been linked with the Baggies. But Mowbray has admitted he is not losing any sleep over whether he is successful in bringing in any new players, and has stated there is no target that he feels the club absolutely must recruit.
His phone will be ringing as usual and Mowbray has said he has many irons in the fire to try and recruit fresh blood but if he is unsuccessful then he has every confidence that his present squad is still good enough to fight a successful relegation battle.
“We are always busy but we can’t guarantee anything is going to happen,” he said.
“Generally there are three or four different parties involved in every conversation; the clubs, the player’s agent, the player.
“Everything has to come together for anything to happen and sometimes it is difficult, and yet you persevere throughout the week to see if anything can develop.
“It isn’t frustrating. It isn’t 100 per cent in your hands. You try and identify players and if they come, they come. If they don’t, they don’t. If the club is unrealistic you move onto the next one.
“There are no players that I am thinking ‘we really need him and if we don’t get him I will be hugely disappointed’.
“I enjoy our team and I like sending us out to try and win football matches, and if we can add a couple of faces to help the competition then great. If we can’t, so be it.
“It could possibly be another striker and a midfield player if those players come along. If they don’t it won’t affect things too much. We have five strikers now and I have midfield players coming out of my ears, so it won’t upset the apple cart too much if nothing happens.
“We are not in the market for any world stars. We are looking at players who might come in and make an impact.
“I don’t lose any sleep in the transfer market. We get on with it and every club will try and do business.
“In an ideal world you identify players that you really like and you want them as part of your squad, then you go and get them. We are not in a position to do that. We ask clubs to try and take a few players on loan and if they come off then great, if not we move on.
“I am happy enough with the players I have and I think they have worked extremely hard over the first half of the season. They have been a credit to the club in the way they have played.
“We have given ourselves a real chance of staying in the division, and then hopefully build with players we identify as long term signings. We will try and bring them in at the right time and for the right price.”
n Albion have been given 1,600 tickets for the FA Cup replay at Peterborough on Tuesday, priced £20 (seats) and £15 (standing) for adults, and £5 concessions.
Tickets are currently on sale to both away and home season ticket holders and will be available to members tomorrow and on general sale on Saturday.