Report: James Morrison snubs Middlesbrough return, will sign new £38,000-a-week West Brom deal

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison before the game

James Morrison is reportedly snubbing a move back to Middlesbrough.

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison before the gameWest Bromwich Albion's James Morrison

According to The Telegraph, West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison is set to sign a new contract and snub a return to former club Middlesbrough.

Morrison, 30, joined Middlesbrough as a 12-year-old way back in 1998 having been born in nearby Darlington, and went on to score seven goals in 98 appearances as a first-team player for Boro.

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However, Morrison left Teesside in August 2007, as he completed a move to join West Bromwich Albion - and he's been a key player at The Hawthorns ever since.

Now with more than 250 appearances for the Baggies, Morrison has been a key player i both the Premier League and the Championship, but his future has been in doubt.

Middlesbrough's James Morrison in action against Charlton Athletic's Matt Holland

Morrison's contract expires in a matter of days, and after just 19 appearances last season, many expected the Scotland international to leave this summer - with a possible move back to Middlesbrough mooted following their promotion back to the Premier League.

Stoke's Ryan Shawcross and Phillipp Wollscheid in action with West Brom's James Morrison

The Telegraph now report that Morrison is set to reject a return to the Riverside Stadium in order to sign a new contract with West Brom worth a cool £38,000-a-week.

That means Middlesbrough must now turn their attentions elsewhere, and the Baggies finally get to keep one of their longest-serving and most experienced players in a smart move for Tony Pulis' side.

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