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Hoolahan must go in January if Barnes stays at West Brom

Hoolahan must go in January if Barnes stays at West Brom

According to The Express and Star, West Brom manager Darren Moore has met with owner Guochuan Lai about the upcoming transfer window. 

The club are currently in an overdraft, and will perhaps not spend lavishly in January. Then again, promotion back to the Premier League will be the most lucrative thing for the club, meaning they may need to spend a little.

In order to do so, however, they will probably need to free up their wage bill. One man that may be deemed surplus to requirements is 36-year-old Wes Hoolahan. The Republic of Ireland international has only featured four times in the Championship this season, all of which were from the bench.

The veteran will be taking up a portion of the wage bill, and seeing as he neither seems one for the present or the future, The Baggies should let him go. His contract expires at the end of 2018, and it would seem bizarre for them to give him a new one when he has been largely anonymous during the first half of the season.

However, there is the caveat that he should go only if star man Harvey Barnes remains. The 20-year-old has been sensational for the club so far this term, and rumours have subsequently surfaced that he may be returning to parent club Leicester.

Should Barnes leave, then Hoolahan may be a handy replacement to have at the club, as The Baggies pursue promotion over the second half of the season. Should he stay, then it’s simple, Hooloan will be contributing nothing at the club.

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