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Sport Grades: West Brom's 2017/18 signings

19:10  16 may  2018
19:10  16 may  2018 Source:   readsport.co

West Brom and Southampton in talks with Henen

  West Brom and Southampton in talks with Henen Southampton and West Brom are in talks with Everton forward David Henen over a potential move this summer. The Saints and West Brom are both speaking to Henen as they look to bring him in during the next transfer window, we understand. Henen is considering a move to France, Holland or Belgium in order to be closer to his family, though, due to homesickness. This could prove to be a stumbling block in Southampton’s way. The former Belgian under-19 international had a good relationship with Roberto Martinez and, then, Ronald Koeman at Everton However, he has fallen out of favour under Sam Allardyce this season and struggled to make any progress at the club. West Brom and Southampton are now looking to take advantage of this and possibly take him to the Championship. The Saints could yet be playing Championship football next season, whilst West Brom look certain to drop down to the second tier.

Read about Chelsea v West Brom in the Premier League 2017 / 18 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League.

Read about Arsenal v West Brom in the Premier League 2017 / 18 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League.

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League © Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

It’s been a season of turmoil for West Brom. After looking like an established mid-table Premier League side, they struggled all the way through and finished last.

Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew both had terrible spells in charge of the Baggies, leaving them in a perilous position.

They had 20 points form the first 32 games of the season, with Pardew picking up eight points in his 18 games as manager.

Darren Moore gave Albion slight hope of a revival, picking up 11 points in his first five games as caretaker boss, but they ended up being relegated after eight years in the top flight.

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon linked with Cardiff move

  West Brom striker Salomon Rondon linked with Cardiff move West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is reportedly a summer target for newly-promoted Cardiff City. The Bluebirds secured their place in the Premier League at the weekend and according to claims from the Daily Mail, they will look to bolster their attacking reinforcements with the signing of Rondon. It’s reported that Neil Warnock’s side will lodge a bid worth £12.5 million as they aim to tempt West Brom into selling their experienced striker. Rondon is believed to have a relegation release clause inserted in his contract worth £16.5m, but Cardiff are seemingly keen to swoop for the forward in a cut-price deal. West Brom’s relegation down to the Championship is not yet confirmed but it remains likely, meaning that a host of first-team players could be set to leave the Hawthorns. The Venezuela international is likely to be one of the first men out of the door if the Baggies do indeed go down, and it appears as though Cardiff will lead a number of potential suitors in their interest in Rondon.

Read about West Brom v Liverpool in the Premier League 2017 / 18 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League.

Read about Everton v West Brom in the Premier League 2017 / 18 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League.

The signings made under both Pulis and Pardew failed to allow Albion to push on, and that is just one factor in their downfall.

We’ve decided to grade their signings this season from A-F to see how much they have contributed to the downfall of the Midland’s club.

McAuley reveals he's had no contact over a new deal .
Gareth McAuley has revealed that he has received no contact from West Brom with regards to whether they will offer him a new deal at the club or not. The Northern Irishman, as quoted by Sky Sports, spoke of his frustration with the past season and admitted that he is still in the dark as to if he is in Darren Moore’s plans for next season. “Obviously, I’m very frustrated, as I thought I could have helped out more than I did. It’s out of your hands if you are not playing. Ending in relegation is gutting, especially after the seven years I’ve had at the club.” West Brom will be playing their football in the Championship and it seems as though McAuley is willing to stay put if he is given assurances over his chances of playing on a regular basis. “I want to play next year. I’ve not spoken to West Brom, or no-one has been in contact with me since the end of the season. I don’t know where that sits. I haven’t been told ‘we want you there or we don’t want you’. I’m not sure what the club is thinking about me. I am absolutely fine with Darren Moore.” However, the 38-year-old is seeking clarity over his future, with no decision made by West Brom. “If I have to leave West Brom then I have to move my kids and my family anyway. It’s not particularly important to stay in the UK. Abroad would possibly interest me, but it doesn’t have to be somewhere warm or anything like that, I just want to be playing regular football.” McAuley’s contract at the Hawthorns expires at the end of next month, meaning that he’ll be able to join opposition clubs for free if he is not tied down to a new deal by West Brom.

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