Albion are set to step up contract talks with Shane Long after pulling the plug on the striker’s proposed deadline-day switch to Hull.
Baggies boss Steve Clarke is keen to resolve the 26-year-old’s future after a stalemate in talks over a new deal almost saw the Ireland international leave The Hawthorns on Monday.
Clarke eventually called off Long’s £5m switch to the KC Stadium, leaving Tigers boss Steve Bruce angry as he believed the deal was in the bag.
But Clarke wants Long to stay and will now urge Hawthorns officials to redouble their efforts to reach an agreement with the forward’s representatives. Long has a year remaining on his current contract plus a year’s option.
He flew from Ireland’s training camp in Malahide, near Dublin, to Yorkshire and travelled to Hull’s training ground for talks and a medical, only for the move to be called off.
He was back in training with Ireland today ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
His Ireland team-mate Jon Walters said: “It would have been madness for West Brom to let him go in the first place.
“I know Steve Clarke really likes him and I don’t think he would have wanted him to leave at all,” added the Stoke City player.
“It’s one of those – when clubs like you, they put bids in and it’s up to the club whether they accept it or not. I don’t think West Brom really wanted to sell him and I don’t think Shane wanted to leave.”
Albion strengthened their squad on deadline-day with big-money deals to sign Sunderland forward Stephane Sessegnon and Everton striker Victor Anichebe and a loan deal for Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.
That followed the signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City.
Clarke said: “We needed to strengthen in the forward areas and we’re very hopeful that Stephane and Victor will fit the bill.
“Stephane is quick and direct and can be a match-winner. He has the individual skills that can turn a game. He creates chances for others as well as scoring his fair share of goals.
“Along with Morgan, I’m hoping Stephane will add more creativity to the team. Victor is a different kind of striker to what we already have here. He is a big, strong, powerful targetman. He is the type of forward we identified that we needed.”