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West Brom need more than James McClean next season

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Tony Pulis is back at West Brom's training ground and is hoping to wrap up more signings in the coming weeks.

The arrival of Wigan Athletic's James McClean has already been confirmed and is reported to have cost the Baggies in the region of £1.5 million.

The Republic of Ireland international has endured a mixed career with spells at Sunderland and also Wigan who he was relegated with at the end of last season.

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West Brom fans seem to be split in their opinions of the club's decision to sign McClean largely due to the winger's refusal to wear a Remembrance Day poppy which sparked anger from fans and pundits alike.

Despite the arrival of McClean, West Brom are also rumoured to be interested in Hull City winger Robbie Brady.

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The 23-year-old has played internationally for Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels. At the end of the previous campaign he was relegated with Hull but despite his best years surely being ahead of him he is thought to be valued at just £4 million.

A game-changer

Nevertheless, what the Baggies faithful are truly craving is an exciting young winger who can score goals and provide assists.

An obvious choice would be QPR winger Matt Phillips. Once again he was involved in relegation, however, he was one of the shining lights of an otherwise disappointing season for the Hoops.

The highlight of his campaign was the 40-yard wonder strike against Crystal Palace as well as the eight assists which he contributed throughout the course of the season.

Phillips is extremely talented and capable of both scoring goals and creating them which is exactly what Pulis wants to bring to the Hawthorns for the following campaign.

He does, however, carry a heavier price tag thought to be around £7 million, but maybe this is a gamble West Brom need to take in order to remove any lingering doubts of relegation for the coming season.

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