Stoke would be playing it safe by signing McClean

West Bromwich Albion have rejected a £4million bid from Stoke City for midfielder James McClean, and are looking for a fee closer to £6million, according to the Birmingham Mail.

What’s the story?

The 29-year-old signed for the Baggies in 2015 from Wigan Athletic and has since made 99 league appearances for the club, scoring four and assisting seven.

New Stoke City manager Gary Rowett unsuccessfully tried to sign McClean in January when he was manager of Derby County, and now he is keen to make the Irish winger his first signing for the Potters.

The Birmingham Mail report that McClean, who is valued at £2.7million by Transfermarket, only has a year to go on his contract at West Brom.

Is he worth it?

Rowett clearly sees something in McClean who has been a solid, if unspectacular player for West Brom.

He does not provide much in the way of goals or assists, but he may find them easier to come by in the Championship.

At 29, he is unlikely to improve much, but Stoke know exactly what they will be getting for their money instead of pinning their hopes on an unknown youngster.

At £6million, he is on the expensive end of Championship players and does seem a little overpriced, but he would provide stability down Stoke’s left flank both going forward and defensively.