Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Ehiogu is a no-go for West Brom
Ugo Ehiogu was heading back to Middlesbrough tonight after West Brom announced
they had ended their interest in the 33-year-old defender.
Albion cited a failure to agree personal terms as the reason for their failure
to strike a deal following protracted negotiations with Ehiogu and Boro.
Boss Bryan Robson had hoped to sign Ehiogu on an 18-month deal in time for him
to make his Baggies debut in Saturday's crucial Barclays Premiership clash with
But chairman Jeremy Peace admitted tonight: 'We have done everything we can
to make this deal happen but it is just not possible. The goalposts keep being
moved and enough is enough.
'I'll be speaking to Bryan Robson to discuss alternative targets should he
wish to pursue them.'
Albion had looked set to land the Boro defender last week with boss Robson
insisting there were only a handful of 'minor details' to tie up.
But Ehiogu was recalled at the last minute when it was feared fellow central
defender Gareth Southgate had broken a bone in his foot.
Once Boro had established Southgate's injury was not as bad as had first been
feared and gave Ehiogu the green light to move, the player's personal demands
appear to have changed.
Boro rejected an approach from Albion to take Ehiogu on loan and instead
insisted they sign the player on an 18-month detail only for negotiations to
Ehiogu, who started his professional career with the Baggies 16 years ago
before moving on to Aston Villa, will now return to the north-east to play a
bit-part in Boro's looming fight against relegation.
Albion expect better news over their interest in Slovakian midfielder Jan
Kozak, who impressed on trial and is set to seal his move to The Hawthorns
before the weekend.