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Slaven Bilic confirms West Brom could seal three exits before deadline – Birmingham Live

Slaven Bilic confirms West Brom could seal three exits before deadline – Birmingham Live

Slaven Bilic has revealed that as many as three players could be leaving the club before the transfer line ticks past 5pm this evening.

West Brom secured a deal to bring Karlan Grant to the club on Thursday in a move that will cost Albion around £15m, but with that comes a need to balance the books, as Bilic explained.

Kenneth Zohore is understood to be close to agreeing a loan move to Championship outfit Millwall, while Nottingham Forest are also holding talks with winger Kamil Grosicki.

Most recently of all, Charlie Austin has emerged as a deadline day target for Neil Harris’ Cardiff City.

All three would appear to be out of favour and not in Bilic’s plans, certainly based on their omission from the Croat’s match-day squads this term.

“There are a few situations with a few of the players,” Bilic said. “We’re going to see. It’s open until 5pm.

“There are three possibilities, but we’re going to see.

I can’t tell you who, it’s not the principle to talk about it before the deal is done, but there could be three players who leave. A couple, if not three. A couple are in talks with other clubs.

“Until then, they’re our players. Unless the deals go through, they’ll come back to us, so it’s not fair for talk to me about it.”

With Zohore in talks to move, and Austin still attracting interest, it could leave Albion short for the visit of Burnley as regards to the forward department.

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Hal Robson-Kanu is a certain absentee because of a broken arm sustained at Southampton, while the club will make a late call on new signing Grant who hasn’t played at all this term.

Callum Robinson, too, is likely to be unavailable after being forced into self-isolation after an individual in the Ireland camp returned a positive Covid-19 test over the international break.

Bilic, though reasoned that they couldn’t stand in the way of players leaving if it benefitted the club in the long-term – and if he was left short for one game, regardless of its importance, then he’d just have to make do.

“We can’t approach it that way,” Bilic explained. “We have to see past one game, no matter how important that game is.

“We have to think about club interests, and players’ interests, to find that balance. Nobody is bigger than the club.

“It’s in the club’s interests, and we’ve been told quite straightforward that we have to offload something to bring something. If it costs us, not the result but the selection, for one game, then so be it – but we can’t go any other route than that.

“We have a chance with Callum, with Karlan also, and maybe after today some of the other strikers will be available.

“At the moment, it isn’t going to influence our decision because we have to balance the books, as you say in England.”

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