The brief report states: ‘Derby made an unsuccessful offer of £1million a few weeks ago. They have returned with another bid of an initial £1.5million but that has also been turned down. Albion have made it clear that Thorne is not for sale.’
In what is turning out to be one of the most action packed transfer sagas this summer, West Bromwich Albion are standing by their position that the young midfielder is not for sale, despite the midfielder making his feelings known to the public and handing in an official transfer request.
Last month, the 21-year-old made some stark statements to the national press over his feelings towards a future at West Brom, commenting: ‘anyone who knows me will tell you that, compared to how I have been, I’m much happier now.
‘I felt like a squad player at West Brom and most times not even that. I’ve never had a sustained spell or a chance and enough’s enough. On my mind now is playing football and Derby is a very good option for me.'
‘West Brom are aware of my feelings towards the club, my heart is no longer there, too much has happened.’
The comments to the national newspaper were then quickly followed up with an official transfer request, which the west midlands club vetoed without much hesitation.
Nevertheless, Derby County seem reluctant to walk away from the table with regards to signing Thorne and in the eyes of many supporters he is the key acquisition behind a successful promotion bid next season.
Derby County fans were left frustrated at their inability to land the midfielder with their second attempt and urged the club to do whatever it takes to land the midfielder for next season, despite the West Brom claims he will still be in Blue and White next season.
We’ve taken some of the reaction off Twitter with regards to the story when it broke yesterday:
Another bid for Thorne turned down :( I'd be happy if he was the only player we signed this summer! #dcfc— Ryan Tizzard (@ryantizzard) June 23, 2014