Mowbray: Stars staying put

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West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has insisted none of his front-line players will be leaving the club during the January transfer window after rejecting Bolton's £3million bid for midfielder James Morrison.

Mowbray is adamant Bolton's interest in the Scotland international is "dead as far as myself and James are concerned" ahead of Saturday's home FA Cup tie with Peterborough.

Mowbray said: "Will any of my better players be leaving in January? I don't think so. I don't think we are in a position to sell anyone at the moment.

"It is always a positive when other teams want your players. It shows they are doing something well.

"I can't see any reasons why we would want to sell any of our players. We are in a situation where we have got to stick together, work extremely hard and try and get enough points to stay up.

"We need to make sure we can build next season on the squad we have to try and improve this club, not sell its best players off."

The former Hibernian boss is unhappy that Bolton's bid became public knowledge, but is confident Morrison will not be distracted.

Mowbray added: "I was disappointed that any conversations regarding James between the clubs came out. It is not, in my mind, the way business should be done.

"It can disrupt footballers, not that it will with James because he is a diamond of a lad and knows he is the right place for his career to develop.

"If his career is to move on from West Brom at any time, it will be at the right time - and that moment isn't now."

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