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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 rock-bottom Sunderland.

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 break down.

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.




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