Tony Pulis has confirmed that West Bromwich Albion remain keen on signing Morgan Schneiderlin during the January transfer window.
It was reported earlier this month that the Baggies, who face competition from Everton for Schneiderlin, were lining up an £18m bid for the Manchester United outcast.
The West Brom boss, ahead of his side’s Boxing Day game with Arsenal, confirmed the club’s interest in the Frenchman for the first time.
And Pulis, speaking at a press conference, insisted that he was still intent on acquiring the 27-year-old’s services.
“Morgan is just one of two or three we’re looking at,” he said.
“The most important thing is that you do your business with other clubs. It’s respectful to other clubs and then you move on from there.
“If we get the deals done, you get them done.”
Louis van Gaal enjoyed a superb summer back in 2015: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Matteo Darmian and, of course, Morgan Schneiderlin all came in – a clear sign of the club’s title aspirations. The Dutchman had empowered an already promising squad with experience, raw talent, steel and power. It was a truly exciting time to be a Man United fan.
But just 18 months later the once-celebrated additions have all been cast into anonymity, unable to breach Jose Mourinho‘s starting XI (with Darmian being the only possible exception). And Schneiderlin, for all the promise displayed upon his arrival, has quickly descended into nothing more than a relic from a failed van Gaal era.