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Apr 10, 2013

Foster warns against overspending

Ben Foster has urged caution over West Bromwich Albion's summer transfer policy and wants to see a continuation of the gradual development strategy used at The Hawthorns for the last five seasons.

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Albion head coach Steve Clarke is already calling for a more expansive budget for new players in the summer window, a policy chairman Jeremy Peace has shied away from during his time at the club.

A new TV deal and increased revenue has led to fresh optimism regarding cash available for transfers, while it will also be the first window in which new sporting and technical director Richard Garlick will be in charge, following the departure of Dan Ashworth to the Football Association.

Albion's flirtation with possible qualification for the Europa League and the prospect of their highest ever Premier League finish has increased fans' hopes of a major surge in new signings during the summer.

But Foster has been part of the gradual approach for several seasons and believes the tried and tested methods of quality and not quantity will help the club make the next step up and challenge for the Europa League.

"I'm curious about the summer - and it's the same for the fans as well. The fans probably think we can bring ten or 12 different players in with the new TV deal," he told the club's official website.

"There's going to be a lot more money being pumped into the Premier League next season but you don't want to go crazy. You don't want to add too many players because you might upset the good balance that we've got going at the minute. I'm sure the gaffer will be sensible and maybe add three, four or five faces."

Foster also feels that Albion's reputation for being a stable and well-run club helps when it comes to attracting new players.

"West Brom have always been good at recruiting players that are good lads," he said. "We're a liked football club and that goes for everybody throughout the whole set-up, from the canteen staff right through the rest of the club. It's the same with the players.

"The club always do a lot of background checks on transfer targets to make sure they'll fit in well. We've got quite a settled team at the minute, which is nice. We know what to expect from each other and that's going to help us going forward.

"It's up to the manager whether or not he wants to add to the squad and, if he does, what sort of players he wants to bring in. I'm sure we'll roll with that because we trust him. The players we brought in earlier in the season have been good acquisitions. We trust him to do the same again next season."

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