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West Brom boss learns from previous transfer window mistakes

West Brom boss Tony Mowbray will not repeat the mistakes from their previous Premier League campaign during January's transfer window. Three years ago they lost striker Rob Earnshaw just hours before the window closed, with no replacement lined up.

"We have had no concrete bids for our players," he told the Birmingham Mail. "In my mind, there are players that we could sell if somebody made a bid, even though we don't particularly want to.

"But there are also some players in our squad who we just wouldn't sell, or my advice would be not to sell at any price.

"I don't see that scenario happening at this moment because we have gone a fair way down the road with loan signings now.

"I don't think we are going to throw all the work from the last few weeks out of the window and then start fresh negotiations to buy somebody because we're selling somebody. When you know there is no money, you stop looking at £5million centre-forwards because what is the point?

"You are wasting time and energy. You concentrate on the potential free transfer and loan signings. I think it's bad business to sell if somebody suddenly rings you up and offers you a certain amount for a certain player.

"If you do that, you can end up scrambling around to spend money that you haven't got yet and you don't do your homework or look at players properly. I don't think that situation will arise for us in January."

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