Mowbray: I will find next star; ALBION NEWS.
ALBION boss Tony Mowbray admits he will be trying to outscout the likes of Manchester United when it comes to finding the Premier League's next superstar.
But while he will be hoping to sign another undiscovered gem like Gianni Zuiverloon, he also insists he will not waste money just for the sake of bringing players in during the January transfer window.
Mowbray's aim is to sign the stars of the future as he builds his Albion 'jigsaw' - but accepts that some of his targets are already too expensive.
And he says Premier League survival will help him buy even better players next summer.
"We have to find them before they become pounds 30million players," said Mowbray.
"The secret is investing heavily in our scouting department to try and find the next superstar centre-forward that Manchester United might want to pay pounds 30million for one day because he's banging in goals every week at West Brom and they all want him.
"You have to try and out-scout United - they signed Ronaldo for pounds 12million.
But the top teams are now buying players at 17, 18, 19 and they will pay millions of pounds for potential.
"I know already what my team needs for the next transfer window. I know the players I want but they're 12million Euros each. Are we buying them? Probably not.
"But I want to buy players so the team keeps growing and growing, then everyone would be eulogising about them. If we can't find the right players, I won't waste money, I will keep going until we do.
"Hopefully we will stay in the division and maybe in the summer there'll be a few more quid to maybe push the boat out a bit further.
"The other night I watched Manchester United reserves against Manchester City reserves. And there were a lot of foreign players out there, but they've watched them and gone out and bought them."
Mowbray remains proud of the fact he snapped up players like Zuiverloon, Jonas Olsson, Borja Valero and Ryan Donk when they were ignored by other Premier League clubs.
Now he wants to add to that pool of talent with more surprises.
"We work hard - but Zuiverloon was there for everyone else to look at," said Mowbray.
"He played against England Under-21s in a massive tournament and scored a penalty against them in the shoot-out. He wasn't from the Outback.
Sometimes you have to back your judgment.
"We have debates within our staff about whether players we are looking at can play at this level and someone somewhere down the line has to make a decision. If he can't do one thing, we may sign him because he can do another. There are things Gianni needs to improve on along with all our players, otherwise they'd be at Manchester United."
TALENT SCOUT ... Tony Mowbray plans to out-scout Manchester United.