Championship-bound West Brom set to lose key trio plus latest on Mick McCarthy replacement at Ipswich
sbo666 Premier League basement dwellers West Brom are reportedly bracing themselves for a triple bid from Burnley for three of their key players. The Birmingham Mail report that the Clarets have their eye on Jay Rodriguez, Matt Phillips and Craig Dawson and are set to act when the Baggies' relegation to the Championship is confirmed.
Striker Rodriguez was signed by Southampton from Burnley prior to his move to the Midlands and has three years left on his Hawthorns contract so should command a decent fee, while Phillips and Dawson both have two years left on their current deals. Relegated Sunderland have another thing to worry about, after manager Chris Coleman admitted that Jack Rodwell - who let's remember is on £70,000-a-week at the club - has gone AWOL.
"I don't even know where Jack is, to be honest with you, so no, he won't be involved," Coleman said in his pre-Fulham press conference. "If there was a sniff of a first-team appearance, I'm not sure he'd be 100 per cent fit for it, so I don't think that's going to be the case." sbo666
The former Everton and Manchester City midfielder has not made a senior appearance for Sunderland since September and still has a year left on his current deal - although his salary in League One will drop down to £43,000-a-week. Meanwhile, Everton and Newcastle have been installed by the bookmakers as the favoured destination for Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson, should Boro fail to win promotion via the Championship play-offs.
At Ipswich Town, owner Marcus Evans says he will appoint a new boss to replace Mick McCarthy "towards the end of May or early in June". And finally, Leeds yesterday confirmed that Pablo Hernandez has signed a new two-year deal with the club. The 33-year-old Spaniard was due to be United's only out-of-player contract before he put pen to paper on a new agreement that keeps him at Elland Road until 2020. sbo666