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West Brom boss Allardyce: I want to keep Yokuslu here

West Brom boss Sam Allardyce says Okay Yokuslu has done enough to earn a permanent deal.

On-loan from Celta Viga, Yokuslu will be offered the chance to stay should WBA stay up.

Allardyce said: “I'm not giving you a worst case scenario. Let's talk about Okay playing for West Brom in the Premier League, because the first thing we'll do if we stay up is sign him up, absolutely. It'll be the first thing on the agenda – get him signed!"

Yokuslu hit the ground running at The Hawthorns and needed little time to settle into the demands of the Premier League.

And Allardyce insists it is no surprise to see him flourish.

“I've done many of these types of signings, and I'm either a genius or I'm very lucky – or both. You listen to how many managers talk about how it's no good bringing in players in January from abroad, because it takes them far too long to adjust.

“They seem to wait forever – 'it's next season when they'll be any good'.

“We've got Mbaye and particularly Okay, who is playing like he's been here for five or six seasons, and that's in a side who has been struggling.

“I have to give those two lads great credit for taking on the challenge, as well as Ainsley coming from Arsenal. The experience they'll have gained will stand them in good stead, but hopefully they could possibly be here next year if we stay in the Premier League."


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