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West Brom reject bid for James McClean from Stoke City

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion have rejected a £4m bid from Stoke City for James McClean and are demanding around £6m for the winger.

James McClean. (AMA)

New Potters boss Gary Rowett has made McClean a target following his move from Derby County – having bid for the 29-year-old in January with the Rams.

Stoke have approached the Baggies with a £4m offer, but it is below Albion’s £6m valuation.

Cardiff City are also interested in the Republic of Ireland international, but are yet to make a formal offer.

Albion rejected a bid of £8m for McClean from Burnley last summer and £6m from Rowett’s Derby in January, but the winger only has one year left on his Baggies contract, tempering the club’s asking price.

Despite starting all six of Darren Moore’s games in charge as caretaker boss, McClean is expected to exit the club this summer following three years at The Hawthorns.

He wanted to join Rowett's Derby in January and has spoken openly about the prospect of leaving the club during this window.

However, Stoke were relegated to the Championship with Albion and their interest could be vulnerable to a bid from Cardiff, who were promoted to the Premier League under Neil Warnock.

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“Everyone wants to play Premier League football so I do think there will obviously be a lot of people looking at their next move or their future," McClean told Sky Sports last month.

"The fans just see it as if you do go down and players leave then you're a snake, or you've taken the club for a ride and this and that.

"But we've got families as well, we need to look after them. We've also got a career to look after as well, we want to be the best we can be. You have to look after yourself first and foremost."

McClean is currently on holiday in the Greek island of Mykonos, so any potential move is unlikely to be confirmed until he returns.

The 29-year-old has scored five goals and laid on seven assists in 112 appearances for the Baggies.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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