Baggies target five
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
WBA chairman Jeremy Peace admits the club will look to sign five new players.West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is looking to provide Bryan Robson with five new players for next season.
With The Baggies having secured their Premiership status on a dramatic final day of the season, attention has now turned to plotting another survival campaign.
Robson worked the oracle in defying the history books by keeping West Brom in the top flight and he will be armed with funds to strengthen his squad in the summer.
A quintet of new arrivals could pitch up at The Hawthorns during the close season with Peace having held preliminary talks with Robson.
"We've talked about a senior squad of 24 players," Peace told Sky Sports News.
"With Kieran [Richardson] going back to Manchester United we now have 22.
"Jason Koumas has been transfer listed so there will be a bit of thinning out of players who aren't in the manager's long-term plans and that's really a question for him.
"Then we'll try to add to it and we have talked about up to five players. That's the sort of number we'll be trying to bring in."
Peace also confirmed that The Baggies would be interested in signing Richardson if he became available on a permanent basis.
Richardson enjoyed a successful second half of the campaign on loan in the Midlands but has now returned to Old Trafford for discussions on his future.
The England hopeful wants to carve out a career with The Red Devils but Peace admitted West Brom will keep a watching brief on the situation.
He added: "I'm sure that they will have their chats and decide what is mutually best for Kieran and Manchester United and that will come first.
"He's played regular first team football here and we're hoping if a situation develops where he may be available, Bryan will obviously want to have a chat with him and see if he can bring him here for next season."