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New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has turned down the opportunity to sign wingers Duncan Watmore and Daniel James in the January transfer window.
That’s the view from the Daily mail, who report that Allardyce, who recently saw his team beaten 5-0 by Leeds, is looking to strengthen other areas.
The former England boss is understood to be a fan of both players, but instead wants to strengthen West Brom’s backbone. Allardyce is looking to hire a center back, midfielder and forward to try and help the Baggies survive.
James has found playing time difficult to come by in the current season. With the continued development of Mason Greenwood and the arrival of Edinson Cavani, James has been on the fringes.
The 23-year-old has been involved in three of the last four Premier League games and started in a 6-2 win over Leeds.
According to the Manchester evening news, The Wales winger is determined to fight for his place in the Man Utd team.
Still, it appears that James, who has been linked to Everton, was offered to the WBA.
Watmore, 26, is a different proposition. It recently signed a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, which expires this month.
Despite arriving in Teesside in November, as exclusively revealed by TEAMtalk, the former Sunderland man has started to work.
Warnock ‘concerned’ about Watmore
Watmore has scored five goals in eight games and Boro manager Neil Warnock has admitted he is “concerned” about the situation.
Warnock said: “Duncan is enjoying it and I hope he stays. We are talking to him all the time and I hope he stays.
“I think he’s enjoying it. He didn’t want to leave tonight, so I quit.
“You worry [that he’s yet to sign a new deal]But life is too short All we can do is try and if it doesn’t work, you move on. “
Watmore would be available on a free transfer and it appears his agent has been trying to work out a Premier League deal.
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