English youngster rejects West Brom for local rivals

West Bromwich Albion were turned down by youngster Aaron Tshibola, who recently signed for Aston Villa.

The Birmingham Mail are reporting that the 21-year-old turned down the opportunity to play at the Hawthorns, and instead chose Villa, meaning he gets to work with Steve Clarke again:

“Other clubs had bids accepted but then I knew it wasn’t the right opportunity for myself.” said Tshibola.

“When I heard about Villa, at first I thought, na, whatever (that’s just speculation). Then when I heard that a bid had been accepted, I was over the moon. I know that we will get to the Premier League so for me it wasn’t a tough decision.”

Tshibola played 12 times for Reading last season, impressing despite being unable to find the back of the net during the Royals mixed campaign.

But West Brom, who finished 14th last season in the Premier League, were turned down by the player, who secured is £5.5million move to their lower-ranked rivals, as well as rejecting Norwich City.

The Baggies have already signed Matt Phillips this window, whilst also showcasing the talents of youngster Jonathan Leko at the end of last season. But Tony Pulis’ side will not be full of confidence after being turned down for the Championship club.