BAGGIES LINE UP NEW GILCHRIST MOVE
By Peter O`Rourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
DIVISION ONE promotion hopefuls West Bromich Albion have rekindled their interest in Leicester City defender Phil Gilchrist as Baggies boss Gary Megson tries to strengthen his side for a final promotion push.
The Midlands club have already failed in one bid to land the former Oxford United stopper but Megson has not given up hope of finally prising the 27-year-old away from Filbert Street.
Gilchrist, who moved to Leicester at the start of last season, has failed to hold down a regular place in the Foxes line-up due to the form of Gerry Taggart and Matt Elliott and Megson hopes that the promise of regular first team football may persuade Gilchrist to move to the Hawthorns.
"We've got a bid in for Phil Gilchrist which has been refused," said Megson. "It's been on the table for a while. Whether we can still do something, I don't know. It's down to Leicester."
The Baggies have struggled recently picking up one point from nine and Megson is cutely aware of the defensive problems afflicting his side at present.
"I've told the players that I'm getting absolutely sick and tired of saying the same things. I think if we watched every goal scored last night in the First Division, I'd imagine that we've scored the best two.
"At times, we've got defenders who defend like forwards and gamble. It happened with the second goal. We've been through this time and time again and really it will get to the stage now where people will lose their jobs if they don't start doing it properly."
Meanwhile Megson has played down reports linking the club with a shock move to bring back former Hawthorns favourite Kevin Kilbane to the club.
The Republic of Ireland international winger, who joined Sunderland in December 1999 for £2.5 million, has struggled to hold down a regular starting place in the Wearsider's side and is rumoured to be unhappy at the Stadium of Light.
Megson admits that he is a big fan of the player but he cannot see him bringing him back to the club.
"There are a lot of good players who have left this club - and Kevin is one of them," said Megson. "But bringing him back is something we couldn't do."