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More Albion signings could be on the way
ALBION boss Gus Poyet is planning more January business to supplement the looming capture of Leonardo Ulloa.
He wants to make at least one further addition before the transfer window closes at the end of the month following Saturday's 2-1 home win against Derby County.
Ulloa, right, was at The Amex to agree personal terms, complete a medical and watch the game before flying back to Spain yesterday.
Almeria’s 26-year-old Argentinian target man is expected to receive the EU passport he requires to be eligible to play in England today or tomorrow, ready for a deal believed to be in the region of £2 million to be wrapped up on Wednesday.
Poyet revealed to The Argus: “We are trying to do other things. There are always options in different positions that I prefer not to say.
“He (Ulloa) is a player we have been looking for for a year-and-a-half really. The only problem was that he wasn’t available because of the European passport situation, so he was never an option.
“He was a player we liked a lot but couldn’t get. As soon as we knew that option was a possibility then we started to move as quick as possible. Let’s hope that by Tuesday or Wednesday we can close everything.
“He is my size, six-foot three nearly. He is very good in the air, a player who can hold the ball. He is going to be a real threat in the box when we are at home and attacking.
“We haven’t had that presence up front. The players we have got are very good technically and can give you plenty in terms of linking or going in the space like Macca (Craig Mackail-Smith), but we haven’t had that target man.”
Ulloa, if everything goes according to plan, could be involved in the squad at Birmingham on Saturday, probably as a substitute.
Poyet said: “We are not going to hurry. If he trains four or five days with us he will have a chance to play, if he trains only once or twice then he will start from the bench, but the idea really is to help him to start learning quick.
“I have given him so much information already but he needed to watch the game by himself.”
Mackail-Smith, ruled out of the Derby match by hamstring tightness, should be fit to face Birmingham.