#2 – 2012/13 (8.5/10)

Embed from Getty Images

In: Ben Foster (Undisclosed); Claudio Yacob and Marcus Rosenberg (Free); Goran Popov, Romelu Lukaku and Yassine El Ghanassy (Loan).

OUT: Nicky Shorey and Keith Andrews (Free); Scott Allan, Simon Cox and Saido Berahino (Loan).

Estimated net spend: Unknown.

This window just misses out on top spot as Albion moved quickly to make Foster an official Albion player after his impressive first season at the Hawthorns.

Claudio Yacob also became a fan favourite and went on to make 160 appearances for the club. He became known for his solid defensive midfield presence and had an infamous feud with Chelsea forward Diego Costa.

Albion’s most impressive signing since 2010 has to be Romelu Lukaku. The young Chelsea forward scored 17 goals in 35 appearances during his loan spell at the Hawthorns, guiding Albion to their best ever finish in the Premier League.

It is a shame a permanent deal did not go through the following summer; however, Lukaku frequently tweets about the Baggies and continues to hold Steve Clarke in high esteem.


#1 – 2011/12 (8.5/10)

Embed from Getty Images

In: Gareth McAuley, Billy Jones, Zoltan Gera and Marton Fulop (Free); Ben Foster (Loan); Shane Long (Undisclosed).

Out: Scott Carson, Borja Valero, Gianni Zuiverloon, Ryan Allsop, Pablo Ibanez (Undisclosed); Sam Manton, James Hurst, Boaz Myhill, Chris Wood (Loan); Ishmael Miller (£1.2m).

Estimated net spend: Unknown.

There were not many signings in the 2011/12 summer transfer window but those who joined the Baggies during this time were truly special players. This included former fan favourite Zoltan Gera, who returned to the Hawthorns after a 4-year spell between 2004-2008.

Shane Long impressed in his first season at Albion and went onto score 19 goals in 81 appearances before moving onto Hull City in 2014. He linked up well with Odemwingie in his first season and netted two special goals in 11 minutes against Aston Villa during the 2013-14 season.

McAuley, meanwhile, enjoyed seven full seasons at the Hawthorns, making 203 appearances and scoring an impressive 15 goals from centre-back. This is despite joining at 32 years of age and signing for a grand total of £0.

Foster coming in on loan was also a smart move by the board and became yet another player who settled at the Hawthorns for the long-term. Like McAuley, Foster has become synonymous with Albion’s 8-year stint in the Premier League.


If you enjoyed this article, you might be interested in: A player from each Premier League club that could sign for West Brom.