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West Brom pull out of McCourt deal

West Brom have announced they've pulled out of talks for Derry City winger Paddy McCourt.

McCourt held talks with the Baggies this week but the switch was put on hold when Celtic made their interest known.

He is expected to arrive in Glasgow to hold talks with the Scottish champions over the next couple of days and West Brom have now pulled the plug on any deal.

A statement from West Brom read: "Albion can confirm they have ended their interest in Derry City winger Patrick McCourt.

"The Baggies last week agreed a fee with the Eircom League club for the former Rochdale man, who arrived in the Black Country for talks yesterday."

Mowbray explained: "While we are trying to get the first team right for the Premier League, we are also looking to bring in players to strengthen the underbelly of the club.

"It's a process we started last season and Pat was one of a few players we are looking to bring in - but on our terms.

"These are players who, while we're trying to develop their talent, can step into the first team at any given time.

"However, during the club's discussions with Pat, it became clear he has other options where he feels he may have a greater opportunity to play first team football and we wish him all the best."

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