Exclusive: The West Brom summer transfer kitty revealed after Bilic talks
West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is set to be given a transfer kitty of just £25million to spend this summer, Football Insider understands.
The Baggies have secured promotion back to the Premier League in Bilic’s first season in charge.
But a West Brom source has told Football Insider the club’s supporters should not accept massive spending like some of the recently promoted teams.
Bilic has been told by club chiefs he will have a base kitty of just £25m to work with and any other funds will have to be generated from player sales.
This is a far cry from the vast outlays of Aston Villa and Fulham in the previous two summer windows in the wake of their promotions via the play-offs.
Both clubs spent over £100m on transfer fees on new players.
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Fulham were relegated in their first season back in the top flight, while Villa also struggled before narrowly surviving relegation in the recently-completed Premier League campaign.
Like those two sides – Fulham were promoted via the play-offs last week for the second time in three years – West Brom will benefit from the huge Premier League broadcasting windfall in the new season.
This is usually worth £170million, but that will not be the case this year.
The Premier League will take £10m off the top-flight clubs and hand out to the overseas TV companies.
Furthermore, West Brom estimate they will lose a further £10m from gate receipts through having no fans at their home matches.