Club Brugge and Nigeria forward Emmanuel Dennis has revealed that he rejected a move to West Brom in the transfer window.
Slaven Bilic and Luke Dowling searched high and low for a new centre-forward after winning promotion to the Premier League and eventually ended up signing Karlan Grant from Huddersfield on deadline day last week.
Dennis, 22, has now confirmed that an offer was tabled for him by the Baggies.
Although the money on offer was good, the Nigeria international has revealed he turned down a move to The Hawthorns because he wasn’t that interested in leaving Brugge and if he was, he wasn’t interested in a loan-to-buy deal.
“Wages were not the problem – the wages were crazy,” said Dennis, as quoted by the Express & Star. “And I have also played enough international matches (to obtain a work permit).
“The problem was that it was a loan and with the (option to buy) clause in the contract.
“I want to prove myself in England. Maybe you play five matches at West Brom and another club will come and get you.
“But honestly, I didn’t really care. I wasn’t pushing for a transfer.
“I had an attitude of ‘If they buy me, then I go. If they don’t buy me, I’ll stay and go elsewhere later.
“West Brom was a good deal. If they stayed in the Premier League, they would have bought me.
“Then I would have been playing in the Premier League for at least two years.
“But if they dropped again, another team could still have picked me up.”
It seems that West Brom would have been obliged to sign Dennis permanently if they avoided relegation from the Premier League.
Based on the way the club has started the season, you can see why Dennis might have rejected that because there’s no guarantee Albion will stay in the top-flight this season.
Dennis would have been an interesting signing if Bilic and Dowling were able to get him in.
Like Grant, he can play out wide as well as a centre-forward and has done well for Club Brugge in the last year.
Last season, the Nigerian scored nine goals and supplied two assists in 33 appearances across all competitions although a lot of those appearances saw him play out wide.
Two of those goals came at the Bernabeu when he played as a centre-forward in Brugge’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Dennis has also started this season’s Champions League in goalscoring form by bagging Brugge’s opener in their 2-1 win against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.
In other West Brom news, lawyers are trying to push through this Albion player’s transfer.