West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has been told there will be no funds for him to spend on his squad in the January transfer window.
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Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has previously been reluctant to spend in the winter transfer window and is unlikely to do so again, after spending in the region of 12 million pounds on strikers in the summer.
The arrivals of Stephane Sessegnon, Victor Anichebe, Nicolas Anelka and Matej Vydra have increased the wage bill at The Hawthorns and ESPN sources have confirmed Peace is unhappy with the return on his investment so far this season.
Albion are only two points off the relegation zone and have lost their last three Premier League games to increase the pressure on Clarke, whose existing contract expires at the end of the season.
Clarke has important games coming up against Cardiff City, Hull City, Tottenham and West Ham United before the turn of the year that could play a role in how contract discussions pan out.
He signed a two-year contract in 2012 has recently admitted that his position will be in question if results fail to improve.
Albion scouts have been spotted at Ipswich where there has been a long-standing interest in Aaron Cresswell, the 23-year-old left-back who has been attracting a host of Premier League interest.
Clarke's scouts have also been seen in Germany watching Jonas Olsson’s fellow Sweden international central defender Per Nilsson and the American right-back Tim Chandler, who plays for Nurnberg.
Albion have also been linked with a loan move for Manchester United’s Wilfried Zaha, but with the breakthrough of Saido Berahino and the anticipated January return of George Thorne taking the total to 28, there is a feeling the squad has enough numbers.