West Brom duo offered new deals

West Bromwich Albion Gareth McAuley

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West Brom’s director of football administration Richard Garlick has confirmed that the club have offered new contracts to influential duo Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob.

Garlick has spoken out on the Baggies’ summer transfer plans as he requested that the club’s supporters remain patient while they try to secure the services of boss Tony Pulis’ top targets.

He revealed that the majority of speculation linking them with a myriad of players is “simply not true”, while warning that June is notoriously quiet in terms of getting deals done.

However as Pulis is determined that there will not be another battle to avoid Premier League relegation, Garlick revealed that they are working hard to tie down some existing players.

Veteran 35-year-old central defender McAuley is out of contract at the end of the month, while the club took up their option on midfielder Yacob to stay for another season but are keen to extend his deal beyond summer 2016.

Garlick told the club’s website: “What I can say is that we have spoken to the agents of Claudio and Gareth and we have now made our offers to them and I’m waiting a response.”

West Brom, who finished 14th in the Premier League – nine points clear of the drop zone, are priced at 5.00 to be relegated next season, although Pulis will be hoping to put his own stamp on the squad after taking over from Alan Irvine in January.

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