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West Brom are pressing ahead with attempts to sign Youssouf Mulumbu and Juan Carlos Menseguez on a permanent basis even though doubt remains over the future of manager Tony Mowbray.

Mowbray made it clear at the end of the campaign that he wanted to keep winger Menseguez and midfielder Mulumbu, whom he signed on loan during the January transfer window.

And the Baggies are to maintain that stance with Menseguez, available for around £1million from San Lorenzo, and Mulumbu who would cost around £200,000 from Paris St Germain.

But it remains to be seen whether the duo would be keen to commit full-time given it is unclear whether Mowbray will stay at the helm or move to Celtic as Gordon Strachan's successor.

The Bhoys will not be given permission to speak to Mowbray unless they meet Albion's £2million compensation figure.

And it is understood that reports north of the border claiming the figure will drop after July 1 are wide of the mark.

The £2million being asked is based on Mowbray being a Coca-Cola Championship manager as opposed to a Barclays Premier League boss.

Mulumbu and Menseguez took time to adjust to life in the top flight but showed enough potential in the final part of the season to convince Mowbray they should remain at the Hawthorns.

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Juan Carlos Menseguez
West Bromwich Albion
Football
Championship
Youssouf Mulumbu
Premier League
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