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Saturday 23 September 2017

Irish ace rejects offer of place in paradise

STEVEN REID turned down a last-minute bid from Celtic and instead signed up with West Brom in a move which the 30-year-old hopes will revive his international career.

West Brom have revealed that they agreed a deal to bring Reid to the Hawthorns on a two-year deal, after the midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Baggies last season and played an important role in defence as Roberto di Matteo's side sealed automatic promotion.

Earlier it had been reported that a bid for the player from Celtic had collapsed when Reid failed a medical, but today a source close to the player revealed that there was no issue with the medical but the deal had fallen through as Celtic were unable to agree personal terms with Reid.

After it was claimed in the Scottish press that the Celtic bid was temporarily off the table due to the medical, West Brom then came back in and made an immediate bid to sign Reid, a free agent after his contract with Blackburn Rovers ran out. Reid's agent agreed a deal with the Baggies. Once Celtic heard that the WBA deal was back on, they immediately made a fresh attempt yesterday morning to bring Reid to Parkhead but by then the Ireland international had decided to stick with the Baggies and last night he was unveiled as their second summer signing.

"We're delighted Reidy has agreed to rejoin us on a permanent basis," said boss Roberto di Matteo.

"He made a big impact last season - both on and off the field. He was a consistent performer and also great in the dressing room.

"Reidy's a really positive character - and you can never have too many of those in your squad. Having spent the last six or so years in the Premier League, he knows the division inside out and that kind of experience could prove invaluable."

Reid has repeatedly expressed his frustration at his exclusion from the Ireland squad in recent times. He has played just three times under Giovanni Trapattoni and has missed the last 15 Ireland games. He will now be hoping that a move to West Brom and regular first team action in the Premier League next season will spark an international revival.

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