West Brom manager Roy Hodgson says reports claiming that they will sign Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng in the summer are way off the mark.
Reports in the English media last week claimed that West Brom re-ignited their interest in the Dnipro midfielder in the wake of a racist bust-up in the Ukraine top-flight.
But Hodgson cooled talk regarding the Dnipro midfielder who has been linked with the club for some time now.
“The Boateng one would be from the past. Before I came to the club, Boateng was a name being discussed as a potential new signing when he was playing in Spain,” he added.
“Even last summer, before we started this season, his name was mentioned.
“But it is not something we’ve got to grips with because there are so many names circulating in our own area of scouting and recruitment.”
Boateng previously saw a move to England collapse almost a decade ago when Steve McClaren tried to sign him at Middlesbrough, but he could not gain a work permit.
But he’s now a fully fledged Ghana international and a permit would no longer be an issue.
The former Valencia and Villarreal target has also previously played for Kalama, Panathinakos, OFI Crete and Beitar Jerusalem.
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