Like Oliver Twist, Sam Allardyce is asking West Brom to buy more players to boost his team.
The former manager of Austin Jay Jay Okocha would like their buying to continue after a deal for Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne.
Confirmation of Diagne’s deal came too late for him to feature in Saturday’s crucial visit of fellow strugglers Fulham.
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But, with Albion second bottom of the Premier League, Allardyce refused to pin their survival hopes on Senegal forward.
He said: “It has been a long negotiation and finally we have found someone who can give us a bit more on the front line.
“The opportunity to play in the Premier League is always very attractive and taking the challenge on with his record at Galatasaray is a big ask for him.
“I congratulated him on taking the chance. Players can easily be put off because of where we are. There’s no guarantee he is going to switch it on straight away.
“I’ve managed to succeed in the past but it’s still a major factor that catching up in the Premier League instantly in January is one of the biggest tasks a player faces.
“We have one more loan available from abroad and this country. That will be our objective, to bring in two more players in this window.