Tony Pulis confirms Victor Anichebe will not leave West Brom on loan

West Brom striker Anichebe was linked with a loan move to Derby County.

Victor Anichebe has been linked with an exit from West Brom, but Tony Pulis has told the Express and Star that he has no intentions to lose any players before the January transfer window opens.

Pulis said: “We’ve got the group and I'd like to keep that together now. I wouldn’t want to lose anyone before Christmas.”

The Sun claimed earlier this month that Anichebe was wanted by Championship side Derby County, with Paul Clement looking to add more firepower to his side.

However, no deal has been completed, and the 27-year-old made his first appearance of the season since opening day earlier this week.

Named in the starting XI for West Brom’s League Cup tie with Norwich, Anichebe took up a surprising position in defensive midfield, in which he performed admirably - if in vain.

However, the appearance did suggest that Anichebe is viewed as part of West Brom’s senior side, and the latest comments from Pulis go to further back-up that claim. It is unlikely he will feature much as a starter, but he is a solid back-up option for a Premier League side, and his recent role change has suggested that Anichebe does have a versatility which makes him a valuable player in a team run by Pulis.

The manager does not want to lose any of his players before the January transfer window, and then, if Pulis can complete more signings, Anichebe’s exit from the Hawthorns may be considered.

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