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West Brom Reject Championship Loan Bid For Ireland Winger James McClean

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: James McClean of West Bromwich Albion celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United in action with James McClean of West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

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.

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