West Bromwich Albion defender Sebastein Pocognoli has turned down the opportunity to join high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, The Telegraph report.
Despite their impressive start, boss Chris Hughton still feels his squad are short on numbers, and especially in defence as he eyed up a long-term loan deal for West Brom’s Pocognoli.
However, after holding talks with the Brighton staff, The Telegraph report that the Belgium international has opted against moving to the Amex Stadium in order to fight for his place with the Baggies.
The former Hannover 96 man only joined West Brom in the summer of 2014 and went on to make 15 Premier League appearances last season.
However, he has seemingly fallen out of favour with current boss Tony Pulis and has yet to feature in the league this season, his only appearance this campaign coming in the League Cup.
West Brom currently boast one of the meanest defences in the top-flight, having kept 16 Premier League clean sheets since the turn of the year, which is three better than the next best.
Clearly Pulis has little reason to change his backline on a weekly basis, therefore it has become exceedingly difficult for Pocognoli to get any meaningful game time.
Rejecting a loan move to Brighton is a bold move, though it does open up the possibility of a potential permanent switch from the Hawthorns during the January transfer window.