Baggies join race for Chelsea star – but no Lukaku return
Steve Clarke, the Baggies’ manager, has said that Lukaku is firmly in Blues manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for the season – although a team-mate of his is to be made available on loan.
The Birmingham Mail has reported that the Hawthorns club has joined the race to sign Nigerian winger Victor Moses on a season loan long deal from Stamford Bridge.
Clarke, who celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday, is anxious to secure more attacking options before the transfer window closes on Monday – but one player who he won’t be signing is Belgian Lukaku.
And the newspaper reported that the former colleague of Mourinho said: “Moses is available to come out and he’s a player we would be interested in.
“But I can’t say I’m confident in landing him or any player at the moment.”
But when asked about the chances of Lukaku returning on loan, he wasn’t positive.
“Lukaku? I don’t think so,” he added.
“I’ve not spoken to anyone recently about Lukaku but I exchanged text messages with Jose about three or four weeks ago, he said Lukaku definitely won’t be going out and I think he’s right.”
Roy Hodgson’s replacement is clearly nervous that they haven’t been as active as they should have been in the transfer window – West Brom are the only side, along with Arsenal, who have not spent a single penny on transfer fees this summer.
“Time is short,” he continued.
“I’m getting nervous and I’m concerned we’ve left it too late – that we won’t get the players in to improve the squad.
“We do need some help. Scott (Sinclair) coming in was great as he gave the place a lift.
“It would be nice to get a couple of others in but if we don’t we go with what we’ve got.
“It’s a long way to go until January so there will be no other solution.”