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According to The Daily Mail, West Brom winger Oliver Burke is considering a return to the Bundesliga after a torrid time back in England.
Burke’s spell at the Hawthorns could be coming to a rapid end though no clubs have been mentioned in the reports.
He wasn’t in ex-boss Darren Moore’s plans last season after he was sent out on loan to Celtic in January, and it appears to be the same case this term with Slaven Bilic only giving the Scot two substitute appearances in the Championship.
His place is under further threat following the arrival of three wingers on deadline day who are likely to be favoured once they are up to the speed of things.
West Brom can forget trying to recoup anywhere near the £15m they spent on Burke and with the English transfer window shut, they’ll have even less suitors than they possibly could’ve had before.
The Baggies hierarchy have had a history in not making the most out of potential sales – in the last 12 months, they’ve seen Jonny Evans (£3.5m), Craig Dawson (£6m) and Jay Rodriguez (initial £5m) leave for a combined total of just £14.5m.
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There was no way of knowing that Burke would turn out to be a flop but he was always going to come under criticism being the most expensive Scot ever at the time.
The inability to be able to regain even a fraction of what they paid only highlights how poorly West Brom have acted in the transfer market over recent times – even up until this summer.