Tuesday 20 February 2018

West Brom make £10million bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore as Tony Pulis gears up for busy week

Hull City's Jake Livermore
Hull City's Jake Livermore

John Percy

Tony Pulis has made a £10million bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore, as he gears up for a frantic week of transfer business.

Pulis, the West Bromwich Albion head coach, is moving for long-term target Livermore after missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin.

Livermore was wanted by Pulis during the Welshman’s spell at Crystal Palace and it is understood an offer has been lodged over the past 24 hours.

The 27-year-old was surprisingly benched by new manager Marco Silva for Saturday's game against Bournemouth and a move to the Hawthorns could appeal as West Brom battle to secure a place in next season’s Europa League.

Pulis was keen on Schneiderlin but left frustrated after the French international joined Everton last week for a deal worth up to £24million.

Albion are also targeting a defender, a striker and a winger, while the future of Saido Berahino is expected to be resolved in this window.

Pulis said: “Obviously we need to bring players in. We have to improve, everybody knows that. But whether we get what we want we have to wait and see.

"There's bits and pieces going on and you hope that things will progress. If they don't then we get on with what we've got.

"The important thing is that we don't panic and bring players in who are not going to help us over the long term. We need a lift, by bringing a couple of good players in.”

Berahino remains a target for Stoke City but senior figures at both clubs have denied that any formal bids have been submitted at this stage.

Hull, meanwhile, are also facing the potential departure of Scotland international Robert Snodgrass, with West Ham and Middlesbrough thought to be keen.


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