West Brom will battle to hang on to George Thorne

Albion were today braced for a summer-long struggle over George Thorne despite dismissing an opening £950,000 bid from Derby.

West Brom want to keep a hold of George Thorne, left.
West Brom want to keep a hold of George Thorne, left.

The Baggies rebuffed the offer last night and told Rams chief executive Sam Rush not to bid again.

But the East Midlands club are already thought to be preparing a second bid and Thorne is keen on the move after impressing during a five-month loan spell at the iPro Stadium last season.

And that means Albion still face a fight to keep the 21-year-old despite issuing a hands-off warning on all of their players last night following bids for Thorne and Craig Dawson in recent days.

Terry Burton, speaking publicly for the first time as Baggies technical director, said: “George has progressed through the academy into the first-team squad and we have high hopes for him. He underlined his potential while on loan at Derby and we have no intentions of selling him. We have told Derby he is not for sale and that is the end of the matter as far as we’re concerned.

“The same goes for all of our players. We are not looking to sell anyone. Our only aim is to strengthen our squad this summer.”

Just days ago Albion knocked back a £1m bid from Burnley for centre-back Dawson.

Thorne’s case is more complex, however, after the young midfielder’s outspoken comments last week claiming he did not feel wanted at The Hawthorns.

Comments for: "West Brom will battle to hang on to George Thorne"

Wbaforever

I do not buy into this "not feeling wanted" nonsense.

He signs a long deal, suffers an appalling injury, gets & proves his fitness playing competitive football, during which time he helps himself, his loan club, and his parent club..................One would think that this particular scenario has never been played out before.

And as for Albion facing a "fight" or "bracing" themselves.............Why ? Surely it`s Derby who are "fighting" for him..........and if they want him THEY had better "brace" themselves to pay a damn sight more than £1M

Jack the Hat

Wbaforever,

We have trimmed our squad and what is left we keep as they are a platform for the coming season mate. Now if derby and Burnley wish to sell us their best young players for £1m, I'm sure Jeremy will be keen to have a chat.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Wbaforever

Jack

I agree to a point, but do not be so naïve as to think we would not sell if the right offer came along.

Even Ronaldo had his price.

Jack the Hat

Wbaforever,

Nothing naive about refusing a £1m pittance mate and that is my point, now if they offer £10m I would give them their arm back into the bargain.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

PaigntonBaggie

And next time Derby want to BORROW a player they can brace themselves for a mouthful of abuse!

Very unprofessional for Derby to pursue this after being told he is not for sale

Jack the Hat

The report has come from E&D not Derby mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Captain Mardon International

I can imagine Tim Sherwood if he gets appointed saying "George either play of F-off, simple".

His agent could just be fishing for a little assurance and possibly more money.

Jack the Hat

Captain Mardon,

I don't agree mate and a pay rise will be adjusted along with Thorne's progress as per norm.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Captain Mardon International

You don't agree that his Agent could be fishing for a pay rise? or Tim Sherwood will tell him to F-off?

Jack the Hat

"George either play of F-off, simple".

Captain Mardon,

I repeat I don't believe any Head Coach worth his salt would use that language. Don't forget, what a nasty taste that would leave in everyone's mouth?, they would all want away I know I would. I think he would have his self respect in mind if he wants to impress the squad, just my opinion mate.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

AndyH

Morning,

as I understand it he only signed his new contract in January.....then we send him out on loan in order to get games under his belt and prove his fitness...so it's job done and he comes back into the first team squad ready for pre-season and to force his way into the starting 11.....until he actually puts in a transfer request.....nothing doing here. Derby might want him but we don't have to sell.....we don't need the money and we do need the player......so once again Derby.....you little scamps.....do one!!!

And George....with all the coming and goings at the club at the moment this could be the perfect time for you to force your way into the first team and make a "statement".....

regards

AndyH

simmo54

Hi Andy Mate

I agree with your comments entirely.

However, perhaps we could do a straight swap for their Mr Ings?

AndyH

Hi mate,

depending on who comes in a head coach I'd make a bid for him anyway because 1) he's a prospect...2) he might jump at the chance of playing in the prem and ...3) It would annoy Derby who have become another club that I just don't like, especially with their identikit plastic stadium....

uurrgghhh

regards

AndyH

Warren

£950,000 for a probable future England international? That's truly laughable to be honest.

Given JP's comments last year about the cost of the academy being around £2m a year, then I would expect he'd hope to recoup a hell of a lot more than £950k for each the glittering assets it's designed to produce, and Thorne and Berahino were always touted as the jewels in the crown in that respect.

I personally think we'd be mad to sell Thorne, he's got a touch of Carrick about him and whether it's this year or next, will become a big player with minutes on the pitch and a bit of responsibility. He'll certainly fetch significantly more than £950k in transfer fees over the course of his career I'd say.........

I do often find meself smiling at this stuff-

initial thoughts?

1) a championship club applying 'heavy pressure' on a premiership club to 'buckle' into their DEMANDS to take one of their contracted players off them, threatening to take him down to the lower divisions....??

2) if Derby won't listen to Albion's requests to 'go away', then we could report them to the F.A. for 'unsettling' a player, and our powerful, decisive, disciplined, harmonious, impressive, ruling body......

sorry, just being a little sarcastic there about those weak-kneed willies and dithering duffers at Football Headquarters.....

Oh well, in the words of that classic 'oldie'-

'here comes Summer,

rumours abound,

oh, happy days......'

CantelloRocket 78

And I finally turn up........

Kev in Mallorca

And Kevin's 'ear.

Adeu

Baggieovertheer

Don't worry Wulfie journos, if this is a 'battle' then let let's have more of them! Nothing like a 'battle' that you've won before it's even started. By the way E+D, DD was a battle, and there's no need to demean it.

Baggiedaddy

Forever

You're right, we're not in a fight, tell Derby where to go and tell Thorne to grow a pair and fight for a place at the club he was only too willing to sign an extended contract for only months ago. I'm sick of these kInd of stories comIng out of the club since the Odemwingie farce.

These players think they can do or say exactly what they want, it needs sorting.

Thorne needs telling he's going nowhere and put him back with the kids until his attitude changes.

Wbaforever

Baggiedaddy

I am always sceptical about what players allegedly say.

It is not uncommon for journalists to be creative with their interpretation of comments.

Kev in Mallorca

'forever

Sounds like a few on 'ere!

Adeu

capehill

5-6 mill, + 25% sell on , I would consider it. Otherwise forget it.

Baggie in the blood

What a nothing story!!! Why would he want to drop a division when he can prove himself in the premiership and attract the eye of the England Manager and clubs with European aspirations?

Jack the Hat

Just to mention, Sherwood learned the coaching trade from Roy

Hodgson when the two were at Blackburn. He is no an overwhelming 2/9 odds on favourite for the job, if our betting fraternity are interested.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

flintoff

But if he doesn't want to play for WBA , I say get the best price possible.

Dizzymoth

It is being reported over here that Tim Sherwood has been appointed. Could be BS, says it is from within WBA.

Captain Mardon International

From where?

SurreyBaggie

Go home E&S, you're drunk.

BBC now appears to be running the Sherwood story. "1 of 6 shortlisted", and yet his is the only name I have heard associated with the interview process so far. Likely candidate or red herring?? I liked (and hoped it wasn't a typo) the statement from the club that whoever they hire can bring their own coaches in. Lessons learnt indeed.

Cyril

I should treat this story with disdain, (even dat dain if you wish). Just read the way the 'headlines' are written.....WOLVES sign bloke with funny name, WOLVES bid for Coventry City striker, Aston Villa sign Joe Cole, Aston Villa sell to Rotherham.......WEST BROM will battle to, etc. If they called us ALBION, or Baggies, or even that lovely old title 'The Throstles', but NO. They deliberately distance themselves from us with shortened formality ! Ignore it like Kev tells us to ignore the Trolls from Troll City.

Cyril

I forgot. If that player's hands are trying to tell us something no wonder they want to keep him !

Bath Baggie

I rate George Thorne but he has signed a contract and he should honour it. Under a new manager I hope he gets the opportunity to show his skills and going to Derby could be a backward move if they don't perform next season.

He should on his form with Derby last season be in the pecking order this year but I agree with JTH, if the right offer comes along then Ok move on but that offer IMO should be nearing 3 million, see if Derby come back then.

Pepe got Dorrans back in the team when SC just let him flounder within the club, we should be nurturing our younger talent, I want to see more of Thorrne, Dorrans and Berahino at the expense of Yacob & Anchibee and the likes. Mantom was a good player, perhaps not good enough for the Premiership but now being considered as a captain at Walsall.

The problem with the modern game is the agents and the press , agents thinking they can control clubs and the press well less said.

I think GT could easily fit into our midfield what still worries me is the lack of strikers and full backs.

simmo54

George won't be going anywhere unless our new coach wants him to. So lets wait to see who the successful candidate is, forget any further speculation and all will be revealed in the fullness of time .....OMG that sounds so profound LOL

CantelloRocket 78

The Brum Mail has said tonight that they confidently expect Tim Sherwood to be announced as the new Baggies Coach within the next 48 hours-

remember where you heard it first.

I've already forgotten......where did I say it came from........?? ;-)

capehill

CR I've just looked on the Derby Official site, no mention of the the Thorne story. Surely if it was concrete bid, wouldn't it be on their site? Also heres food for thought, Hibs just sacked Butcher, what's the betting the Klampett and star , have him in the top3 candidates tomorrow. Ill still reckon Advocaat or Hughton as I said a couple of weeks ago. LOL

We Only Need One Half!

CR, following on from my post yesterday, about being confused because the wulfies and Albion "supporters" were telling me J.P. would sell all our players just to line is own pockets, I thought it was going to be Downing because he was the cheap option???

Now I'm really perplexed, umm?

CantelloRocket 78

WONOH,

Mate, you're confused?

I think Capey just said it'll be Advocaat or Hughton, with Terry Butcher now in the running-

is it me.......??

We Only Need One Half!

Lol, here's a thought, does this mean we will now become one of Sherwood's Merry Men? (mind you, I think Kev's there all ready, but Max will have to have a rethink??)

I'll have to get a new hat with a big feather in the side!

Kev in Mallorca

Two n'arf

I find one of me old fancy dress outfits out, it was a Merry Man hiding in a tree, I was dressed as Robin Hood and I med a 6ft paper mache tree with straps so I could get inside it and carry it on me shoulders. I fixed a snoopy type fluffy dog to the bottom with his leg cocked up, fixed a plastic tube in the dog and the other end too a fairy liquid bottle full of water so when I squeezed the dog dessip up the tree.I won first prize but got in a right mess as the drink took affect as the night progressed, do want me too make yo one?

Adeu

CantelloRocket 78

Are we still on the same planet here......?

We Only Need One Half!

Rite, rite, and this was before 9/11 I take it?

Good luck walking through customs with that get up mate! two questions-

1) can you get more fags in it?

2) is there enough paper mache in the whole of Spain to make me one?

I can think of a few on here that are half way there already, being the planks that they are!

Kev in Mallorca

When the trawler follows the seagulls it's because the captain's pissed.

Adeu

Cyril

As long as they don't rename The Hawthorns

Sherwood Forest. There are those who think JP would be Robin Bleeder just because he flogs our rejects for top dollar. And we could ask the 26stone Wulfie to be Friar Tuck.

No Spoonerisms allowed.

capehill

Ah mentlegen, it was going so well,, lol, lol boing boing

Bootneck wolf

£950,000 That's inflated! It would seem Dawson has had his head turned by a bigger club now,rats from a sinking ship and all that....

☆BW★

We Only Need One Half!

The only thing inflated on our pages are wulfies ego's bud.

CantelloRocket 78

Don't ya know mate, wulfs wus mossive for a blink of an eye 60 years back, so they just keep talkin' about it to hide the shambles they've bin since-

just like Bazza's elderly 'Lola' at the Copocabana, sittin' at the Bar in her faded dress, tellin' everybody what she was like when she was a young 'un.......lol.

CantelloRocket 78

Bootlace Willie-

any chance yow can translate that, we only speak premiership lingo over here, not 'molineux minnow' chumpionship spiel.......??

We Only Need One Half!

CR, he's obviously referring to the mossive exodus that is Billy Jones, unlike at the theirs when at the first sign of trouble they lost Ashley Hemmings, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Adlene Guedioura, Michael Kightly, Matthew Jarvis, Steven Fletcher, Frank Nouble, Wayne Hennessey, Leigh Griffiths, and Karl Henry. Course they would have lost half a dozen more like Johnson, but no one would take em lolol.

Bootneck, any time you need me to put you right on facts about YOUR club, dont be shy, just give me a shout and I am happy to oblige. Now, off you pop!

Kev in Mallorca

Two n'arf

I see you've joined Cantello's subversive "gang", if it carry's on like this it may become too dangerous too continue smuggling.

Adeu

We Only Need One Half!

Fair enuff Kev, cancel the fags.

Kev in Mallorca

Two n'arf

It was tongue in cheek mate.

Adeu

We Only Need One Half!

Ok bud, but you should know for future reference, I'm like Elliot Ness.

Untouchable.

Cyril

Bootleg, one thing is for sure, your lot can't afford him even at £1million, YOW'M SKINT and £30million in debt. Just wait until you've tried The Championship again with your 5bob and a big apple purchases before you gob off. I think I mentioned before, you weren't in it long enough last time to judge.

PS: I remember when Wolves were a big club, a very big REAL club with Billy Wright, Johnny Hancox, Jimmy Mullen, Bert Williams. I'll bet you don't !!!!!!