BLUES` HUGHES BID REBUFFED
By Ciaran Baynes
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Blues had previously offered Dele Adebola and Peter Ndlovu in exchange for the Albion striker who has scored 50 goals in the last two seasons - an offer Gary Megson turned down earlier this week.
A sale to one of West Brom`s biggest rivals would have been a bitter pill to swallow for The Hawthorns` faithful and would see the 23-year-old striker go from being a hero to villain for his boyhood idols.
If Hughes did leave the Black Country club his last touch in a Blue and White shirt would have been the goal against Ipswich which helped keep them from relegation to Division Two.
The fact that Albion turned down this move for their most-prized asset suggests that are keen to avoid selling their players on the cheap - after the furore that followed the £2.5 million sale of Kevin Kilbane to Sunderland last season.
Chief Executive John Wile said Megson is on the look-out for other new signings following the capture of Watford`s Des Lyttle earlier this week.
"Gary is working hard to bring in more players," Wile said. "That is the plan and we hope to have some more positive news in the coming weeks."