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West Brom chief Richard Garlick: The 3 phases of summer transfer window

West Brom chief Richard Garlick is delighted with their summer market work.

Garlick was part of the transfer committee that helped oversee what looks like a successful window for the Baggies.

And he revealed that each summer typically has three stages.

“There's three stages to every transfer window," he told the Express & Star. “There are the deals you can get done at the start, and those deals are the selling club wants to sell, the player wants to come, and the buying club wants to buy.

"That's why Jay Rodriguez landed on July 1st. It was very simple, he wanted to come, they (Southampton) were prepared to sell him, we wanted to buy him, everybody wanted to make that deal happen.

“Then you run through to the brinkmanship – the club doesn't really want to sell, it slows down.

"They are hostile transfers, the clubs are entrenched, player says 'I want to leave', club says 'you've got a five year contract', or whatever the scenario is.

“Then you run into the final two weeks and everybody starts thinking that deadline is looming, we better start getting a move on.

“That will always be the same whether you put the deadline at the end of September or start of August, you will always have that pattern."

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