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Slaven Bilic wasn’t keen on the idea of Cedric Kipre joining West Bromwich Albion from Wigan with The Athletic claiming the former Baggies boss also turned down Shane Duffy.

Such a statement won’t come as much of a surprise to West Brom fans. After all, it’s not as though Kipre has been a regular fixture in the club’s starting XI since their return to the Premier League.

The French defender joined in a £900,000 deal from Wigan in September but hasn’t played a second of top-flight football since.

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In fact, Kipre has only been included in the matchday squad for three of West Brom’s 13 matches and was nowhere to be seen once again in the 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday – Bilic’s final game at the helm.

The Athletic claims the former Motherwell youngster was a Luke Dowling signing, with West Brom’s technical director the driving force behind the Kipre deal and Bilic far from convinced the Paris-born 24-year-old was an ideal addition.

Interestingly, the report adds that while Dowling did manage to get Kipre through the door, Bilic blocked his attempts to bring Shane Duffy to the Hawthorns from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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The experienced Irishman has struggled since he joined boyhood club Celtic on loan instead.

Interestingly, Bilic also had doubts over West Brom’s decision to make Grady Diangana’s loan deal permanent for £18 million, fearing such a massive outlay would inhibit his ability to bring in other arrivals.

With one goal and no assists in 11 Premier League games, the club-record signing has yet to live up to that lofty price tag.

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