George Thorne enjoyed a loan spell at Derby County last season and despite The Rams failing to gain promotion to the Premier League they are still trying to prise away the highly-rated midfielder from West Brom.
However The Baggies have revealed that they have rejected a bid for the 21-year-old.
It might be the case that West Brom are waiting until they appoint a permanent manager to replace Pepe Mel who was sacked shortly after the curtain fell down on the Premier League season. They also state that none of their players are currently for sale. That will change when the new manager comes in and he decides who he wants to move on, but for now the club is protecting their assets.
The actual amount that Derby proposed has not been revealed but it could well be accepted at a later date. The deal is far from dead in the water, but fans should remain patient, and Derby will certainly not move on to other targets just yet.
Thorne enjoyed a key role in Steve McClaren's side in the end of season run-in as Derby reached the Championship play-offs. He kept John Eustace out of the side for the last few games, and some Derby fans claimed he was one of their best ever loan signings.
Thorne himself has already stated that he does not want to return to West Brom if it means he will just be a squad player. He feels he has proved himself now, and wants to be a first-team player wherever that will be.
"I have had a fantastic time at Derby and I won't rule out a move there. The squad, the manager, the style of play, the fans... it's a great club."
"But one thing I will rule out is that I won't be going anywhere to be a squad player. Anyone who knows me will tell you that, compared to how I have been, I'm much happier now. I felt at home at Derby, I felt wanted at Derby, which I certainly didn't at West Brom."