West Brom’s Bid For Influential Midfielder Rejected By Fulham: What Will be Pardew’s Play Here?

West Brom has a new problem to deal with after their bid for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney failed to materialize into a transfer. Despite winning their first match this New Year, the Baggies were left with a lot to do to turn around their mean fortune this season. They were suffering from a run of terrible form and change of manager did not do much to change the fortune of the club.

Their sour luck has continued in November and December with the side failing to register a single win in almost three months. A massive twenty-one game streak with no wins had firmly placed West Bromwich Albion in the relegation zone.

They had another opportunity when they come up against a considerably weaker opposition in the form of Exeter City and West Brom snatched it by going on to win 2-0 on the night. It did a world of good to Pardew and his men as they followed it up with another solid 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion. Their latest fighting 1-1 draw against Everton means that they are now unbeaten in 3 matches.

West Bromwich Albion is still sitting in the 19th place in the league table but is just three points away from safety. They can still be facing relegation but given their rejuvenated efforts they have shown that can seriously turn around their form, something they must do if they want to experience the riches of the Premier League next season.

In order to help Alan Pardew have a strong second half, West Brom is ready to bring in reinforcements. Fulham captain and star midfielder Tom Cairney had been identified as a possible target by West Brom.

The 26-year-old has been in excellent form this season at Craven Cottage and West Brom was ready to reward him by bringing him to the Premier League. Fulham, who made it clear that they are not ready to part ways with any of their players and instead wants to bring in a few new faces, proved to be the major stumbling block in the progress of the deal.

Cairney has scored around 22 goals in over 100 appearances for Fulham and would have been a good deal for West Brom, given his football dynamics. However, agreeing to a deal with a Fulham side for £15 million, who were not ready to part ways with their captain, proved to be impossible and Cairney’s deal fell through. It has now left the Baggies with a difficult task to find a replacement target for the Englishman in less than 7 days.

However, even if no new faces are brought in, Pardew need not worry much as their performances against Tottenham and Manchester City where they lost 2-3 showed that they have enough quality in the squad to cut it out in the Premier League.

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