Date: 28th June 2018 at 7:30am
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There are now strong rumours circling the internet and the press linking both James McClean and Ahmed Hegazi with departures from The Hawthorns this summer.

The McClean rumours have been covered by the Express & Star and they suggest that talks with Stoke City over the Republic of Ireland international are now close to a resolution.

Having arrived under Tony Pulis from Wigan Athletic back in 2015, the capped international has probably continued to make more headlines off the pitch than he has a solid contribution on the pitch and he’s never really established himself as a fan favourite – even though few could argue he’s never given his all – the 29-year-old will always put the yards in.

A cut-price £1.5million arrival hs seen him make 66 starting appearances, with 46 showings from the bench and in that time he’s scored five times. Quite why some of the wider internet coverage makes a point of his scoring record surprises me, as it’s not like he was prolific before he arrived at West Brom.

Either way, having rejected a reported £4million approach from Stoke, it’s now said we are close to meeting in the middle and £5-6million would be a good return on our initial investment.

The same outlet claim that 27-year-old Egyptian international Hegazi is also gaining interest, with West Ham United specifically namechecked by others. Obviously, a departure for him would leave us incredibly short at the back, but a £10million release fee is a quick instant profit on the £4.5million we paid Al Ahly for his services.

In response to both pieces of news, West Brom fans can only see the advantages.

McClean:

Hegazi: