Lau­drup wants to get hands on Cox

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 - By SEAN RAFTER

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end of the world if Ar­se­nal lose Van Per­sie and hopes Wil­shere puts his in­jury troubles be­hind him WEST BROM striker Si­mon Cox is a tar­get for Swansea boss Michael Lau­drup.

But it is be­lieved no con­crete bid has been re­ceived by the Bag­gies for the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional (above).

Al­bion boss Steve Clarke con­firmed that an of­fer for Cox from rel­e­gated Black­burn had been re­jected.

The hit­man, 25, has strug­gled to nail down a reg­u­lar first team place at the Hawthorns and has of­ten been fourth choice be­hind Peter Odemwingie, Shane Long and Marc-An­toine For­tune.

It is be­lieved West Brom have had sev­eral in­quiries for Cox.

Cox would pre­fer to stay in the Premier League to aid his hopes of be­com­ing a reg­u­lar starter for his coun­try.

Clarke in­sists that Long, who joined Al­bion from Read­ing 12 months ago, is not for sale de­spite spec­u­la­tion link­ing him with a move back to his for­mer club.

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