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McClean to face disciplinary action after failing to show for West Brom training camp

The Ireland international has been heavily linked with a move to Stoke City.

WEST BROM SAY James McClean will face internal disciplinary proceedings after the Ireland winger failed to report for the club’s pre-season training camp in Scotland.

McClean, who was yesterday at the Carlisle Grounds in Bray to watch his brother play for Sligo Rovers, has been heavily linked with a move to Stoke City this summer.

James McClean in attendance McClean pictured watching Bray's clash with Sligo yesterday. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

It was reported last month that McClean was on the verge of a €6 million switch to Stoke, but West Brom — relegated to the Championship last season — said he was due to show up for their four-day camp in Scotland.

“James McClean has failed to report without permission and will now face internal disciplinary proceedings,” West Brom said in an update issued on their website this afternoon.

McClean becomes the third player to skip a West Brom pre-season tour this summer after Ben Foster and defender Craig Dawson were both fined for not going to Portugal with Darren Moore’s squad.

Foster subsequently secured his move away from the Hawthorns, rejoining Watford, and McClean appears to have adopted similar tactics in a bid to force his transfer through.

The Derry native made 30 league appearances for West Brom last term as the Baggies suffered relegation to the Championship, and with his contract expiring next year, has been identified as a key target by new Stoke boss Gary Rowett.

West Brom have already turned down a bid from the Potters for McClean’s services.

The 29-year-old moved to the Hawthorns from Wigan in 2015 and has made 112 appearances for the club in three seasons.

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