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James McClean Sounds Surprised With West Brom's Transfer Fee Valuation Of Him

James McClean Sounds Surprised With West Brom's Transfer Fee Valuation Of Him

Regular football is what James McClean desires. It has been a frustrating 18 months for the Ireland international, flitting in and out of the West Brom starting team.

Speaking to the Derry Journal's Simon Collins, McClean said that he would be open to leaving West Brom during the summer.

"I want regular football, wherever that may be. If it’s the right fit for me and it provides me with regular football then I’m open to anything.

"I just want to play football. I’m 28 now and the last 18 months have been really frustrating. I feel that I’m at my best when I get a run of games. I feel that’s eluded me this past 18 months when I would get a few games and then the team is changed for whatever reason."

McClean has started seven games for West Brom in the Premier League this season. In addition, he has made 15 appearances off the bench. It's a similar pattern to last season where he started 13 games and made 21 substitute appearances.

There was a chance of McClean leaving West Brom during the January window - Derby were interested and so was the Derry man.

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However, West Brom's £15 million asking price was too steep for the Championship side.

"There was no loan offer from Derby. It was a permanent deal but it didn’t materialise," said McClean who sounds a little surprised at the valuation.

West Brom had their value and I’m not in the game to dictate my value - that’s up to clubs to do. I think West Brom wanted £15 million but Derby weren’t prepared to pay that whether I think that’s wrong or not, it’s not up to me to say.

McClean added that he will give his all for the West Brom cause in their bid to avoid relegation. The scrapped transfer to Derby is not one on which he will dwell.

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