West Brom today rejected a formal transfer request from wantaway midfielder George Thorne.
The Baggies have dismissed Thorne’s request to leave just days after they turned down an opening offer of £950,000 from Derby County for the 21-year-old.
Albion insist they have no plans to sell Thorne, who signed a new three-and-a-half-year Hawthorns contract before starting a successful five-month loan stint with the Rams in January.
But the midfielder’s decision to make official his desire to leave guarantees an ugly summer-long saga.
Rams boss Steve McClaren is determined to land Thorne on a permanent deal and the Albion academy graduate gave an outspoken interview earlier this month in which he claimed he did not feel wanted by the Baggies and would not return to the club to be a substitute.