Norwich City centre-half Timm Klose has admitted that he had offers to leave Carrow Road in the summer but Alex Neil’s men rejected an approach from Premier League side West Brom.
The 28-year-old Switzerland international moved to English football in January and was part of the Canaries squad that was relegated to The Championship.
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With a number of Norwich’s players in demand following the demotion, Klose’s future with the men in yellow was seemingly under threat.
West Brom looked to bolster Tony Pulis’ squad over the summer, with defence an area that the Premier League side are reliant on a host of long-serving stalwarts.
Klose has confessed that a switch to The Hawthorns was on the cards but his current employers blocked the move.
“There were offers, and we looked at the one we received from West Bromwich, but Norwich turned down the offer,” he told Swiss newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
“I weighed up my options. I did not want to lose my place in the national team without a fight, but it was also clear that it will be difficult to show what I could do at another club.
“The overall package fits. I can live out my passion here. I play football out of passion. I don’t primarily earn my living for the family because my background forces me to do so. I am on the pitch mainly for the emotions.”
Klose has played ten of Norwich’s 11 Championship games this season and will clearly be an important part of the club’s drive to return to the Premier League.
West Brom boss Pulis was said to be frustrated with the lack of new faces at the club and clearly had defensive reinforcements in mind over the summer.