West Bromwich Albion have rejected a bid from Derby County for winger James McClean.
Sky Sports have reported on Tuesday morning that, with less than 48 hours of the January transfer window remaining, Derby manager Gary Rowett is looking to add another winger for his squad’s Premier League promotion push, but have been told in no uncertain terms that he is being retained as a critical member of Alan Pardew’s West Brom squad and flatly rejected their offer to take him to Pride Park for the remainder of the season.
McClean endured a frustrating spell under previous Baggies manager Tony Pulis earlier this season, nut his fortunes have improved under Pardew since he took the helm at the Hawthorns in late November. The 28-year-old has made 20 Premier League appearances this season, with the vast majority of his six starts coming in the weeks since Pardew’s appointment as the side battle to avoid relegation to the Championship.
It remains to be seen if the Rams return with a better loan offer, or indeed if they come in with a permanent bid, before Wednesday night’s deadline or if they take West Brom’s firm rejection as a sign that they re unwilling to do business at any price before the summer at least.
West Brom might have been tempted to sell McClean to help raise funds for a striker, but that won’t be an issue now as the loan signing of Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge was confirmed on Monday evening.