Liverpool have reportedly turned down an enquiry from West Brom for winger Jordon Ibe.
The Mirror‘s David Anderson claims that Baggies manager Tony Pulis “has had an enquiry knocked back by Liverpool”, as he looks to add quality to his squad ahead of next season.
Pulis was reportedly impressed with Ibe on the final day of the Premier League season, when the 20-year-old weaved his way past the West Brom defence and scored an excellent solo goal at the Hawthorns.
It is believed that Ibe is still part of Jurgen Klopp‘s plans moving forward, although a loan move to West Brom or another Premier League club may be a possibility still.
The youngster’s chances of regular first-team football at Anfield next season look fairly slim currently, unless he has an impressive pre-season and finds form from there.
The Englishman was disappointing in 2015/16, failing to build on an impressive pre-season, and he managed just four goals in 41 appearances.
With Sadio Mane on the verge of joining Liverpool and other recruitments expected, Ibe may well find himself further down the pecking order – and without European football on offer, there’s fewer opportunities for players such as him on the fringe of the squad.
A move elsewhere, at least on loan, would make sense for both the player and the club, although Klopp may feel confident of the winger offering more next year.
Given Pulis’ love of defence-minded football and hard-working wingers, it would certainly be a test of Ibe’s intelligence and work ethic, were he to join West Brom.
Ibe has previously been linked with a move to Watford.