One of the stars of Euro 2016, Hal Robson-Kanu, completed a deadline day move to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion earlier this week, and it has now been revealed the Welsh star rejected a very attractive big money move abroad in order to join the Premier League club.
Robson-Kanu had been at Reading for 12 years, joining the club as a trainee before making his debut back in August 2009, and during seven seasons as a professional at the Madejski Stadium he scored 30 goals in over 200 appearances for the Royals.
The Welshman had deliberately ran down his contract with Reading to place his future in his own hands, making him a tempting option to many clubs after his impressive performances for Wales in France this summer.
The 27-year-old created a highlight reel moment during the Euro 2016 campaign, performing a stunning Cruyff turn to seal his place in Welsh history, and in the process guide Wales, taking part in their first tournament in 58 years, into the semi-finals.
His status as a free agent and his impressive performances at Euro 2016 prompted former England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, now in charge of Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG, to attempt to sign the forward, with the Mirror reporting that the salary on offer by the Chinese club was £100,000-a-week, tax-free.
In recent years the astronomical wages offered by Chinese Super League clubs has tempted several fine players across Europe to make the move, such as Jackson Martinez, Ramires, Hulk and Alex Teixeira, however it was not enough to tempt Robson-Kanu, with the player fully focused on making a move to the Premier League, which provided some good news for West Brom head coach Tony Pulis.
However, news of Shanghai SIPG offering £100,000-a-week to a player who has spent most of his career in England’s second tier may cause European clubs to worry about the future, with players potentially being tempted east by the greater riches on offer.
Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena