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Hyypia happy to have a say
Albion boss Sami Hyypia is happy to have more of a say on player signings than he was allowed with Bayer Leverkusen.
But he is content to leave the background work on identifying targets to head of football David Burke and his scouting network.
Hyypia will have the power to approve or veto potential signings from lists compiled by Burke’s recruitment team, as well as making his own recommendations.
Communication breakdowns caused tensions in Albion’s recruitment policy when Oscar Garcia was in charge.
Hyypia, who has retained Oscar’s assistant Nathan Jones as first team coach, has already inherited one new face, Congolese midfielder Nzuzi Toko signed last month from Swiss side Grasshopper Zurich.
He said: “I think David Burke with Nathan and the whole scouting department have done already the kind of preparation where they acknowledge which positions we need some players.
“I’ve seen a few games from last season and I agree with them which positions we need. That’s very helpful for me that they have the positions and some options ready for me to choose as well. That helps us to get it done quickly and then make the right decision.
“In Germany a lot of clubs are making the decisions. I am pleased that when I came here I was asked first my opinion, then we do the decisions.”
Albion have been speculatively linked with Costa Rica’s World Cup defensive midfielder Yeltsin Tejeda, who will be facing England next week.
The Argus understands the club requested and were provided with details about the player two months ago but the extent of their interest in the player is unclear.
The Seagulls would face plenty of competition from at home and abroad for the 22-year-old Tejeda, who has two years remaining on his contract with Costa Rican champions Saprissa.
They turned down bids of around £600,000 for Tejeda from European clubs in January.
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