West Brom’s academy recruitment manager Steve Hopcroft is believed to have snubbed an approach from Manchester United to remain at the Hawthorns, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Manchester United are in the middle of an academy overhaul and wanted to bring in the highly-rated Hopcroft to oversee the talent entering the academy at United, but it’s believed that after talks with the club he’ll be remaining in the midlands.
Tony Pulis, speaking to the Express and Star, confirmed Hopcroft had an offer from United.
“I have had a chat with Steve,” Pulis said.
“He has been made an offer by Manchester United but the club are trying to do the best they possibly can to keep him here. It would be a massive miss if he goes because he has brought some unbelievable talent into this club.
“They tell me our under 15s and 16s are the best group of players this club has had. He’s an old-fashioned scout. He gets out there and picks them. He’s got a great eye for selecting players. He is very important to the club.”
In his nine years at West Brom, Hopcroft’s eye for talent is being recognised as many of the Baggies’ best young talents begin to make the step up to the first-team with the likes of Jonathan Leko, Sam Field and Kane Wilson all being involved so far this season.
It’s not just players who come through the club that Hopcroft is responsible for as he’s been the driving force between recruiting talented young players elsewhere to West Brom.
The likes of Izzy Brown, George Thorne and Chris Wood were all spotted by Hopcroft through the years and the Baggies have made over £4m in profit from their sales.