Hawthorns 'hands off' warning on ace Hughes.
West Bromwich West Bromwich (brŭm`ĭj, –ĭch, brŏm`wĭch), city (1991 pop. 146,386), Sandwell metropolitan district, W central England. Albion are ready to repel mounting interest from Premiership clubs in their red-hot striker Lee Hughes Lee Hughes (born in Smethwick, West Midlands, May 22, 1976) is an English footballer who plays for Oldham Athletic. Between 2004 and 2007 he was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving. after his latest salvo of goals sank Bristol City on Avonmouth last Sunday.
Scouts from a string of top-flight clubs, including Arsenal, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, were at Ashton Gate Ashton Gate Stadium is a stadium in Bristol, England, and is the home of Bristol City F.C. Located in the south-west of the city, just south of the River Avon, it has an all-seated capacity of 21,497, with an effective capacity for football matches (depending on how many away to see the flame-haired predator score twice to become the First Division's joint top marksman with eight goals.
The spies were out in force on home soil, too, when Albion played Bolton Wanderers last Tuesday and Hughes got himself into enough goacoring positions to have walked off with the match ball.
Hughes, born a mile down the road in Smethwick and a regular among the fans on Albion's Birmingham Road End before he was signed by Kidderminster Harriers, has suddenly become hot property at The Hawthorns.
Which is why the club, standing just three points off the First Division lead, are ready to pour cold water on the first hopeful Premiership manager who makes a serious offer for their precious striker.
Signed for just pounds 200,000 by former manager Ray Harford Raymond Thomas Harford (June 1, 1945 — August 9, 2003) was an English footballer, better known for his successes as a coach and manager than as a player. Playing career
He was born in Halifax but grew up in southern London. last summer, Hughes would have a market value of at least pounds 2million should Albion consider selling him now.
They have no intention of cashing in, however. Hughes is under long-term contract with the club and Albion see his goacoring expertise as their ticket into the Premiership.
Just as importantly, Hughes is happy to have fulfilled his dream to play for the club he supported as a boy.
"Albion are the only club I ever wanted to play for," he said. "I know there were other First Division clubs in the hunt when Ray Harford came in for me, but I wasn't interested.
"Yes, I'd love to play in the Premiership. That has to be the ambition of any professional footballer. But there's no reason why I can't make it with this club."
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"They haven't got a chance," he said. "When I was managing Oxford United, I spent most of my time selling players just to keep the club afloat. I don't have to do that here."
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