Mowbray warns suitors
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is not looking to sell any of his star players.
West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has warned suitors interested in his star players that he is not looking to sell.
Mowbray is preparing himself for an influx of bids from The Premiership when the January transfer window opens.
The Baggies are pushing for an instant return to the top flight this season and Mowbray is determined to keep his squad together.
"It doesn't surprise me that bigger clubs want good players and we have plenty of good players," Mowbray told the Express & Star.
"In fact, I would be disappointed if bigger clubs weren't interested in our players.
"They can covet them all they want, but that doesn't mean they're going to get them.
"I've spent the last two years fighting off the Old Firm and teams from England for all my players at Hibernian.
"I would forever say to them 'come and watch'. I want the directors' box full of big clubs watching my players because it says you are doing something right.
"It means the team is winning and the players are performing and that's not a problem for me."
Midfielder Zoltan Gera and captain Curtis Davies are both expected to be linked with moves away from The Hawthorns during the winter window.
Gera has already been linked with Newcastle and Mowbray has been impressed with the Hungarian international during his short time at the club.
"Zoltan has undoubted quality, ability and a lot of very positive attributes for the team," Mowbray said.
"He's got a personality that endears him to the rest of the players and he's very well liked. He is a good professional and a good player and the more good players we have, the more games we win and the more successful we are.
"Zoltan falls into that category in being a very technical footballer. It is important that we keep hold of our best players."
Meanwhile, Mowbray expects defender Thomas Gaardsoe to make a decision on his future by the turn of the year.
Gaardsoe has been struggling with a long-standing groin problem which may bring his playing career to a premature end.
"It's been a long time for Thomas now," Mowbray told the club's official website.
"There are concerns from him and the club but he'll be given the opportunity to get himself fit to play for the football club again.
"Whatever decision is made, sometime in the future, hopefully it is the best for Thomas.
"He can't keep going on like this for another year or two.
"I would think before Christmas, or the New Year, Thomas will make a decision whether to push on or not."