West Brom Prepare £12m Double Swoop As Roy Hodgson Admits He Needs To Spend

Hawthorns boss will need to open the chequebook to land targets.

West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson will launch a £12million raid on Reading’s Shane Long and West Ham’s Robert Green after admitting he needs to spend.

The Baggies boss has already been busy this summer with the acquisitions of defenders Gareth McAuley and Billy Jones from Ipswich and Preston.

Zoltan Gera is likely to sign also, once he recovers from injury, but these were all free signings after their contracts expired.

But Hodgson knows he will have to splash the cash if potential targets such as goalkeeper Green and striker Shane Long are to be signed up.

A new keeper is needed after Scott Carson was sold to Turkish side Bursaspor, with Hodgson hopeful of getting Green, who has one-year left on his contract, for £4million.

The Hawthorns manager also wants a new striker to take some of the pressure off Peter Odemwingie, who scored 15 goals in the Barclays Premier League last season.

Long is the main target but West Brom’s transfer record will have to be smashed if they are to land the £8million-rated hit-man.

“If the deal for Gera goes through, that would be a third excellent acquisition, all of which would have been brought in for no transfer money,” Hodgson told the Wolverhampton Express and Star.

“That, hopefully, would give us a chance to get the last couple of pieces in the jigsaw of the right quality that might cost us a little bit more than these three have cost us.

“It could be as many as five or six players coming in, all of whom would be great acquisitions, and the total outlay hopefully won’t break the bank.”

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