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Angers striker Stephane Bahoken has offered an indication as to why a January move to West Brom didn’t happen, telling Made in Foot that the time was not right to leave Ligue 1 for the Premier League. 

Speaking during the height of the winter window, Baggies boss Sam Allardyce joked that enquiries had been lodged for 250 different players. 

And while the real figure would have been substantially less, West Brom certainly cast their net far and wide as they scoured the market for a centre-forward capable of firing the Premier League strugglers out of the drop zone. 

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In the end, Mbaye Diagne arrived on loan from Galatasaray, but only after  the Midlanders tried and failed to sign Bahoken instead.

“There were real requests for Stephane Bahoken. (West Brom) made contact but then there was no news,” Angers sporting director Sebastien Larcier told Ouest France. 

Two months on, the 28-year-old Cameroon international has broken his silence, explaining why he decided to extend his stay in French football rather than head out across the Channel.

“It’s been like that since I arrived in Angers. In the press, I read that I have to go left, right, and in the end I’m still here,” said Bahoken when asked about interest from England. 

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“It’s football. There are people who are interested in you but if you feel like it’s not the right time, you stay where you are.” 

Obviously, Bahoken was not keen on the idea of swapping clubs midway through a gruelling campaign. The fact that West Brom looked doomed to relegation – even as far back as January – won’t have made a move to The Hawthorns any more tempting.  

So far, Diagne has scored just one league goal for Allardyce’s side. Bahoken, meanwhile, has five to his name for an Angers side closer to the Europa League places than they are to the drop zone. 

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