Thursday 23 November 2017

Baggies set to step up Terry chase

Tony Pulis. Photo: Nick Potts/PA
Tony Pulis. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

John Percy

Tony Pulis is ready to step up his ambitious attempt to sign John Terry next week when he meets West Bromwich Albion's Chinese owners.

Pulis wants to offer Terry a fresh start at the Hawthorns and will put forward his case to sign the former England captain during crunch talks in Guangzhou.

Terry (36) will leave Chelsea after more than two decades at Stamford Bridge this summer and is also being targeted by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. But it is understood Terry is open to the prospect of joining West Brom and has concerns that Bournemouth's expansive style of play could leave him exposed.

Pulis is renowned for his defensive organisation and believes that Terry's availability on a free transfer is worth pursuing, despite the prospect of rival interest from clubs abroad, notably in China.

An Albion contingent including manager Pulis will fly to China on Monday to meet the club's owner Guochuan Lai.

Albion's summer budget will be high on the agenda during those talks and Pulis is keen to discover what salary the club could offer Terry. The defender picks up around £50,000 a week at Chelsea, after taking a pay cut last year, which is significantly lower than Albion's top earners Nacer Chadli, Jonny Evans and Salomón Rondón, who are paid around £75,000 a week.

"We won't know until I come back from China what the budget exactly is," said Pulis. "We'll analyse the season and the way they see the club pushing on. We will go into detail over a lot of things and it will be nice to see what his views are."

Chelsea have moved quickly to try to head off interest from Real Madrid in Thibaut Courtois by opening talks over a new contract for the goalkeeper. The champions are working on plans for next season and have held discussions regarding the futures of Courtois and Eden Hazard, who have both been linked with Real.

Chelsea also face the prospect of having to break world records to land their main targets, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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