West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that the club has made an offer for Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has featured in only 11 minutes of league football this season.
Schneiderlin was a £ 25 million acquisition for United in the summer of 2015. He was seen as one of the players who would be able to transform Louis van Gaal’s tactics. After featuring in most of the games under Van Gaal, Schneiderlin was suddenly relegated to the fringes of first-team upon the arrival of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese did not see Schneiderlin as an integral part of the team.
From the first week after Mourinho’s arrival, Schneiderlin has been linked with a move away from the club. Of late, there has been tremendous interest from Premier League clubs, as they would be getting a player who has a lot of knowledge about English football.
Schneiderlin spent almost 8 seasons with Southampton and played for them even during the tough days when they were playing in the lower leagues. Since he is surplus to requirements at United, interested clubs were aware that Schneiderlin could be a bargain purchase. Pulis has always been a manager for hunting bargains, and he has confirmed that West Brom have made an offer for Schneiderlin just before the start of the January transfer window.
“I don’t want to say any more than confirm our bid. We have to be fair to Manchester United and the player.We have made bids for about four or five players, we won’t talk about them today. We will talk about them if we get them.I don’t want to go into it specifically. Doing deals and business with people you should deal directly with them. Once they are done you can talk about them more openly. That’s the way I prefer to conduct my business,” said Pulis.