ALBION anticipate a less hectic summer in the transfer market after securing their top flight status.

They made seven signings from top leagues throughout Europe last summer and borrowed Izzy Brown from Chelsea following promotion from the Championship.

Then in January they paid a club record £14 million for Jurgen Locadia from PSV Eindhoven and re-signed Leo Ulloa on loan from Leicester.

Manager Chris Hughton revealed to The Argus: “I would see possibly less business done in the summer. We have a core that’s here that has been successful in staying in this division. What we need to do is to add to that squad, what ever quality we can add.

“Remember, even Jurgen Locadia, who we brought in for big money and feeling his way, has been really good in training but I’ve gone with the tried and trusted. He’ll hopefully be like a new signing for us come the summer.”

Albion will need to sign at least one central defender – with Uwe Huenemeier heading back to Paderborn – as competition and cover for the dominant pairing of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.

Hughton said: “I think there have been lots of combinations. Certainly the two centre-halves has been a big one for us, because we are going to be under pressure a lot of the time.

“We are playing teams that are generally more experienced than us and top teams, so the centre-halves are going to get tested. I don’t just want to talk about them, because I think the team has been excellent, but both of them have been outstanding.”

Pascal Gross’s winner against Manchester United on Friday, his seventh goal of the season, puts him five behind leading marksman Glenn Murray.

Hughton said of Murray: “He’s had a brilliant season and I thought again he was excellent, putting himself about. That’s the draw of being in this division. I don’t have a player in the squad that doesn’t want to play in this division or stay in this division.”

Hughton has warned it could be even tougher for Albion second time around.

He added: “The moment that you think you have cracked this division, there’s a huge awakening. If we are prepared to apply ourselves exactly the way we have this season then we can develop as a club.

“But I certainly won’t get carried away thinking this division is easier than it is.”