Baggies ditch McCourt bid

Celtic now ready to move for Derry City winger

Mowbray: To look elsewhere

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West Bromwich Albion have pulled out of a deal for Pat McCourt, with the Derry City winger now tipped to join Celtic.

The Premier League new boys had agreed a fee with Derry last week and discussed personal terms with McCourt.

But Baggies boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed the club have ended their interest in signing the former Rochdale youngster.

Mowbray told the club's official website: "While we are trying to get the first team right for the Premier League, we are also looking to bring in players to strengthen the underbelly of the club.

Greater opportunity

"It's a process we started last season and Pat was one of a few players we are looking to bring in - but on our terms.

"These are players who, while we're trying to develop their talent, can step into the first team at any given time.

"However, during the club's discussions with Pat, it became clear he has other options where he feels he may have a greater opportunity to play first-team football and we wish him all the best."

Reports now claim that SPL champions Celtic will make a bid for McCourt, with Norwich City also rumoured to hold an interest.