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West Brom's James McClean faces competition already

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West Brom will complete the signing of Irish winger James McClean this week after Wigan and the West Midlands club agreed a fee in the region of £1.5 million for the midfielder. However Tony Pulis will be looking to put pressure on the player by already lining up another winger.

Matty Phillips had impressed in his first season in the Premier League and was a star among very few in the QPR side that got relegated from the top flight. Pulis revealed that West Brom were keen on the Englishman's services in January although Queens Park Rangers were unwilling to sell to a competitor in the league.

Needing to balance the books now, QPR are looking to offload as many as possible in an attempt to reduce the deficit in a huge wage bill and Phillips is rumored to be available for a fee of around £5-7 million. 

Phillips much like new boy McClean prefers to operate on the wings and offers a direct approach to attack, having scored a few wonder goals this season Phillips has more than earned his crust in the league and will surely provide stiff competition for McClean in the Baggies starting line up.

Phillips and McClean are just the beginning for West Brom as a shake up at the club has been needed after a disappointing season for the team saw them finish in a mediocre league position and if the likes of Saido Berahino are sold without replacement the Baggies could be in trouble this season.

On the back of that Pulis has also been interested in proven Premier League striker Demba Ba and will be hoping to wrap up any potential deals soon before the transfer window opens on the 1st of July.

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