Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are at a stand-off over their valuations of James McClean.
According to the Mirror’s live transfer blog (28/06, 22:16), Stoke are refusing to go over the £4m mark to sign McClean from West Brom, who value the midfielder around £6m.
Gary Rowett is keen to bring McClean on board ahead of next season, as he looks to pad his Stoke squad full of proven Championship talent ahead of a promotion push.
McClean, who has made 112 appearances across the last three years for West Brom, has been the subject of £4m interest from Stoke, but West Brom are holding out for an extra £2m for the 29-year-old Irish international.
Last season in the Premier League, McClean made just 20 appearances for the Baggies and scored one goal, as he and his teammates struggled and eventually suffered relegation back into the Championship.
Over the course of his career in English football, McClean has made over 250 appearances in the English game, also enjoying spells with Sunderland and Wigan Athletic, before signing for West Brom in the summer of 2015.
West Brom’s stance over McClean is frustrating for Stoke, but it’s easy to understand why they don’t want to offload a player to a rival on the cheap.
The difference between £4m and £6m doesn’t seem like a lot, but both don’t look like they will budge here.
McClean’s form over the last 12 months has been poor, with the winger not stepping up when West Brom needed him.
It’ll be interesting to see if Stoke are desperate to get the 29-year-old on board between now and August.
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