West Brom boss Tony Pulis admits Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp will not be coming to the Hawthorns this summer

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

The Baggies had made two bids for the 23-year-old, but their Premier League rivals have dug their heels in.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis has admitted to the Daily Mail that West Bromwich Albion's pursuit of Jeffrey Schlupp is over as Leicester City dig their heels in over a move.

The Baggies had made two bids for the Ghana international - the second of which would have seen Schlupp move for £12m had it been accepted (via Mail) - but the Foxes rejected their approaches.

Sunderland's Adam Matthews in action with Leicester City's Jeffrey SchluppLeicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp

And despite the Mail suggesting that West Brom were considering a third bid, Pulis has seemingly thrown in the towel and suggested that they would be fighting a losing battle if they made another offer.

"I think that’s dead," he told the Mail. "Obviously we made an offer and the understanding was that the lad wanted to play first-team football."

Everton's Darron Gibson concedes a penalty against  Leicester's Jeffrey Schlupp

"I think he would have been keen to come to us but they are the team that hold the player and they have to decide whether they want to let him go or not."

With just one signing through the door so far this summer, it would have surely been a good piece of business had the Baggies managed to land the 23-year-old.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Schlupp is capable of playing in defence, midfield or in attack so his arrival would have allowed Pulis to bolster his ranks in several areas with just one addition. 

However, the former Stoke boss appears to have accepted that this pursuit will see him end up empty-handed, which will undoubtedly be extremely frustrating given that they have made a big effort to get a move done and are now left with little time to switch their attention to alternative targets.

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