Steve Bruce’s 10-word response when asked about new West Brom signings before end of transfer window

We’re eight days away from the summer transfer window slamming shut.

West Brom manager Steve Bruce says the club are still ‘bashing away’ and trying as hard as they can to bring in new players before the end of the transfer window.

There’s just over a week left before it slams shut on September 1 and Albion are widely reported to still want to bring in up to three new faces with the priority being a striker.

Reyes Cleary of West Bromwich Albion is surrounded by Derby County players during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion at Pride Park Stadium

Bruce has always remained relatively tight-lipped throughout the summer in regards to new faces and that was no different when asked following the 1-0 defeat to Derby County on Tuesday evening.

“Through you, through the supports, we’re bashing away,” he said.

“We’re trying, we’re trying as hard as we can.”

No names were mentioned by the former Newcastle United boss even when pressed on the matter but it’s evident that he is still very keen to strengthen the squad further.

The fringe players that took part in the loss to the Rams did little to impress the manager and if anything, re-emphasised his need to bring in some reinforcements.

Jayson Molumby, Jed Wallace, John Swift and Okay Yokuslu have all signed on permanent deals so far this summer at the Hawthorns but the Baggies’ biggest need - a striker - is still yet to be addressed.