Albion boss Carlos Corberan, chief executive Ron Gourlay and head of recruitment Ian Pearce look set for a busy final day of the January transfer window, with efforts being stepped up following back-to-back defeats for the Baggies. Winger Matty Phillips, who has been a revelation since Corberan replaced the sacked Steve Bruce at The Hawthorns, could miss the rest of the season after going under the knife at the weekend for an operation on a serious quad muscle injury. Several clubs including Stoke City are interested in signing forward Karlan Grant on loan - but Corberan is only likely to sanction departures if he can get some fresh blood in himself.
BUENOS AIRES (AP) — World Cup winner Lionel Messi regretted his testy exchanges with the Netherlands coach and players during their controversial quarterfinal in Qatar, he said in an interview aired on Monday. Messi gave his first interview since lifting the trophy in December to radio Urbana Play of Buenos Aires. The Argentina captain spoke about the feisty clash with the Dutch which the South Americans won in a penalty shootout. A record 17 yellow cards were issued, including one to Messi for
The 32-year-old moves to the DW Stadium from West Brom, having made only five league appearances for the Baggies this season. Kelly becomes new manager Shaun Maloney's first signing as the Latics boss aims to guide the team out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone. Steven Caulker, Miguel Azeez and Christ Tiehi have already bolstered Wigan's options and Kelly's arrival has added further defensive reinforcements to a side who currently have the worst defensive record in the league.