West Bromwich Albion winger James McClean wanted to join Derby County in January, according to the Derby Telegraph.

The Rams tried to sign the Republic of Ireland international in the January transfer window but a move did not materialise. They also tried to bring in Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki on loan as they looked to fill the gap left by Johnny Russell’s departure to MLS side Sporting Kansas City.

McClean has admitted that he was keen on joining Gary Rowett’s side who lost in the Play-Offs in the semi-finals to Fulham. The 29-year-old could not prevent West Brom from being relegated from the Premier League this season and is looking set to play for the Baggies in the Championship under Darren Moore in the next campaign.

It is set to be a summer of transition for Derby County following their failure to gain promotion to the top flight. They could be in the hunt for a manager with Gary Rowett being heavily linked with a move away from Pride Park to join Stoke City. The Rams could also sell some key players to reduce their costs and balance the books.

A summer move for West Brom’s James McClean is unlikely now. The former Derry City, Sunderland and Wigan Athletic man will be a useful player at this level and the Baggies’ fans will be hoping they can hold onto him as they look to get an immediate promotion back to the Premier League next season.


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