BAGGIES PLAY DOWN HUGHES LINK
By Jamie Dixon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
City boss Gordon Strachan was in the crowd at Meadow Lane to watch Hughes play during in The Baggies' friendly against Notts County on Friday, fuelling reports that the Scotsman was about to make an offer for the prolific goalscorer.
Coventry chairman Bryan Richardson has confirmed that the club were interested in signing the Birmingham-born hitman, but stressed that he was among a number of players that the club would be scouting.
""He's just one of many players we're looking at," explained the City supremo. "There are a lot of names in the pot at the moment, but I've not yet had the chance to discuss with Gordon how he wants to spend the money."
However, Baggies chairman Paul Thompson has moved quickly to dispell rumours of an imminent departure for Hughes, by stating that he was not interested in selling the player, unless Coventry were to make an offer that he simply couldn't refuse.
"We do not wish to sell Lee Hughes and we're not looking to," said Thompson. "If Coventry wanted to offer us £13 million of course, then that would be different."
Thompson is determined to see Hughes line up alongside Jason Roberts next season, following Roberts £2 million arrival from Bristol Rovers this summer.