Slaven Bilic reveals West Brom's January transfer plans amid continued links to Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle

West Brom are open to the idea of a move for another striker in January – with Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle remaining on their transfer shortlist.

Tuesday, 10th September 2019, 7:00 am
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 11: Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final first leg match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on May 11, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

The Championship outfit failed with a late bid to land the frontman in the summer, with United head coach Steve Bruce keen to hang on to 28-year-old, who turns 29 next month.

In the summer the Magpies rated Gayle between £15-20million and with the player still having 18 months left, remain keen to recoup that kind of sum.

And Baggies boss Slaven Bilic has revealed he does – in an ideal world – want to add another striker to his second tier ranks in the winter window.

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“People are still calling, but it’s nowhere near like in the transfer window where your phone is booming,” Bilic said.

“Now, every few days someone calls about those players and I say ‘look, we are full’.

“It would be brilliant for me to have another striker, but then again you can’t have them focused [if there are too many].

“We are okay. Now, for this moment we are having a few players who can’t make the squad. With the new signings, I’m telling the agents and the people who are calling, I’m saying ‘listen: give us the player, so we can check him’.

“If there was a one off situation, if it’s a young player and we can use him, then okay - we’d consider it, but basically we are okay until January.”

Gayle has missed the start of the season with a calf problem.