West Brom are not interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane in the summer transfer window, according to reliable journalist Joseph Masi.
The Lowdown: West Brom linked with Hourihane move
The Baggies will be looking for a successful summer in the transfer market, having disappointed hugely in the Championship in 2021/22.
One player they have been linked with bringing in is Hourihane, who spent the campaign on loan at Sheffield United, making 30 league appearances for a Blades side who missed a spot in the play-off final by a penalty shootout at Nottingham Forest.
That would suggest he would be a good capture for a team hoping to push towards the top six, but a fresh update claims he won’t be heading to the Hawthorns.
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The Latest: Masi shuts down rumour
According to The Express & Star‘s Masi, West Brom have no desire to make a move for Hourihane this summer, with the same applying to both Karl Darlow and Elliot Anderson.
None are ‘seen as targets’ by Steve Bruce, as the Baggies boss looks elsewhere for reinforcements.
The Verdict: Not a long-term addition
At 31, the Irishman’s very best days are arguably behind him and Bruce needs to be signing younger players who can be part of the long-term picture at the Hawthorns.
Granted, experience is required in order to get out of the Championship, but West Brom should be able to find a younger option than Hourihane with fewer years in his legs.
In other news, West Brom are believed to have opened talks with one player. Find out who it is here.
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