West Brom linked with Manchester United flop as update on futures of quintet offered
The transfer stance
Interest in West Brom’s higher profile players is inevitable this summer.
With the club contemplating another campaign in the Championship, and many players another year further into their respective contracts, decisions must be made by the Albion hierarchy should they receive any considerable offers from the division above.
Slaven Bilic has inherited a skinny group; Albion sent their loanees back to their parent clubs after the play-off semi final defeat to Aston Villa and a number of other fringe figures were released.
During Monday’s press conference at The Hawthorns, in which the club unveiled Bilic as the new head coach, technical director Luke Dowling and chief executive Mark Jenkins discussed the futures of a number of players.
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Reports in the national media on Tuesday claimed West Brom had rejected a player-plus-cash deal for Salomon Rondon.
The Daily Star said West Ham wanted to steal a march on Premier League rivals Newcastle, by capitalising on the fall-out of Rafael Benitez.
The Albion man spent last season on loan at St James’ Park and both him and Benitez wanted to turn that into a permanent transfer this summer.
But it seems West Ham had other ideas and made an offer of £10m plus Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill.
Both had loan spells away from the London Stadium last term, with Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough respectively.
The offer didn’t sit well with Baggies fans.
Dean and Danilo
West Brom head coach Slaven Bilic didn’t have to wait too long before announcing his disciples after taking the Albion gig.
Within days of the towering Croat being appointed as Darren Moore’s successor, two of his compatriots followed him through the door.
Who are Dean Racunica and Danilo Butorovic?
Here, we take a look at the new key figures at The Hawthorns, and Bilic’s own thoughts on the pair.
After the rather far fetched speculation linking West Brom with a move for Dimitri Payet this summer, you can add another stellar name to the growing list of unlikely names to be ‘interesting’ Albion.
Reports in Turkey are this week claiming that the Baggies are rivalling Slaven Bilic’s former club Besiktas in the chase for Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa.
The Japanese attacking midfielder, who has previously played for Manchester United, spent the second half of last term on loan with Besiktas in the Turkish Super Lig after struggling for game time at the Westfalenstadion.
Naturally, they’re the front-running candidates to secure Kagawa on a permanent basis this window.
Derby County have drawn up a short-list for the candidate to replace the departing Frank Lampard, according to reports.
The Daily Mail reckon owner Mel Morris is minded to go down the same route that saw him hire Lampard last summer – a young British manager.
Monk had a very creditable season at St Andrew’s, keeping the show on the road despite testing extraneous circumstances which included a nine-point deduction – before the breakdown in his relationship with the board.
Darren Moore is also identified as a contender, three months after leaving West Brom well-positioned in the Championship play-offs.
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