Mel rules out Betis raid

  • Last Updated: January 16 2014, 20:15 GMT

New West Bromwich Albion boss Pepe Mel has ruled out a raid on his former employers Real Betis for January recruits.

Pepe Mel: Looking to bolster his ranks
Pepe Mel: Looking to bolster his ranks

The Spaniard concedes that reinforcements are required at The Hawthorns and that he will be looking to add.

With his entire coaching career to date having been spent in his homeland, it is expected that he will look to La Liga's market for fresh faces.

A striker is said to top his wish list, with the Baggies having struggled for goals at times this season.

Betis frontman Ruben Castro was considered to be a potential target, but Mel insists he will be starting his search away from Andalusia.

He told the Spanish media: "We need reinforcements, but I'm not signing any Betis player. It's sacred for me.

"If there's anything that's impossible to buy in football then it is people's love.

"The Betis saga is so painful to me but I am nobody to talk about Betis.

"Here everything is at my disposal 24 hours a day. From the first day you have a house, a phone. They really wanted me to be here. They make things so easy for me."

On Castro, who has struggled with injuries this season, Mel said that it would probably take any club looking at the 32-year-old 'maybe 10million euros (£8m)' to do a deal.

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