West Brom aiming to better 13th place finish
West Brom boss Tony Pulis is confident that his side can improve on last season's 13th place finish and believes his new signings will help them to do so.
Pulis took over midway through the season at The Hawthorns after Alan Irvine was sacked by chairman Jeremy Peace. The former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager led the West Midlands side to a mid-table finish, as well as a valiant F.A. Cup run, where they reached the sixth round before being knocked out by local rivals and eventually beaten finalists Aston Villa.
West Brom have pulled off impressive deals for Venezuelan striker Salomón Rondón, who signs from oil-rich Zenit St Petersburg for £12m, as well as snapping up three other players - Rickie Lambert, James Chester and James McClean - which brings their total outlay for the summer spending to just under £25m.
Rondón, who netted 33 goals in 72 games while playing in the SOGAZ Russian Football Championship for both Rubin Kazan and more recently Zenit, was previously subject to interest from Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool prior to their purchase of powerful Belgian striker Christian Benteke for £32.5m.
However, Rondón's arrival is likely to come at a cost for Pulis and his side as academy product Saido Berahino looks to be on his way out of The Hawthorns, and the Venezuelan could well have been brought in as a direct replacement for the Spurs bound striker.
The 22-year-old Englishman has impressed pundits and fans alike over the past couple of seasons and apparently sees his future at a higher level than West Brom after it was reported that the Burundi-born player had seen his transfer request rejected by the club.
It seems just a matter of time now before Spurs, who have already had a £15m bid rejected for Berahino's services, make another attempt to convince West Brom to let the player swap the Midlands for North London.
However, Pulis refused to discuss Berahino's future during the interview and remains confident of performing well in the coming season.
"I'm not here to discuss Saido's future. All I'll say is that we all want him to stay with the club. Moving on, myself and the rest of the lads are all feeling good about this season. We've looked good in training and the new boys are fitting in nicely. I can see each and every one of those arrivals coming in and doing an important job for us over the course of the season.
We're unlikely to make any more signings but I'm very happy with the team I've got at my disposal. We've got a talented bunch of players here and we're not going to be pushed around by anyone this season."