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West Brom reject 4m West Ham bid for Graham Dorrans

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans
Dorrans made his debut for Scotland against Japan in October

Newly promoted West Brom have turned down a bid of about £4m from West Ham for midfielder Graham Dorrans.

The 22-year-old Scotland international scored 17 goals to help lead the Baggies back to the Premier League after one season in the Championship.

But West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace insisted Dorrans is not for sale.

"Our aim now is to retain our core players and try to strengthen our squad around them," he told the club's official website.

Dorrans has become an integral part of manager Roberto di Matteo's plans and has featured in all but one of West Brom's 45 matches this season.

He topped the club's goalscoring chart, with 12 league goals, and also notched five in the FA and League Cups.

His consistent performances were acknowledged by the Professional Footballers' Association when he was named in their Championship team of the year.


Dorrans signed a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Baggies in January, with the option of a 12-month extension.

However, his displays have alerted a number of top-flight clubs, including West Ham.

Hammers co-owner David Sullivan said he wants to strengthen the squad after securing their Premier League future following a 3-2 win over Wigan on Saturday.

However, the former Birmingham supremo also conceded the club will listen to offers for any player other than Scott Parker.

"Under no circumstances will Scott Parker be sold and we will be buying more than we are selling," he told the Daily Mirror.

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Dorrans ready for Hawthorns test
27 Oct 09 |  West Brom
Dorrans signs new West Brom deal
04 Jan 10 |  West Brom
West Brom agree deal for Dorrans
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