Blackburn Rovers were reportedly interested in Cedric Kipre and could make a move for the 24-year-old before the January transfer window opens, but Rich Sharpe of the Lancashire Telegraph claimed that his wage demands might be a stumbling block in a deal getting over the line.

According to the journalist, the Championship side can only pay 50% of his salary, which Spotrac believe is around £9,000 per week, which might kill their hopes of signing him.

Rovers are on the hunt for a centre-back as Daniel Ayala, Derrick Williams and Scott Wharton are sidelined with injury and Kipre is one of many players on their wish list. The 24-year-old joined the Baggies in September but hasn’t made a Premier League appearance this season, so he could be moved for the pursuit of first team football.

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Kipre has Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea and Branislav Ivanovic for centre-back competition at West Brom and barely even makes the matchday squad as a result, so he should jump at the chance to get minutes elsewhere.

The Paris-born defender has made Albion’s matchday squad in three of their last four league games, but Allardyce’s pursuit for another centre-back could see him pushed out of contention.

Kipre has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at The Hawthorns and is already surplus to requirements, but finding a suitor might be difficult unless he is willing to compromise on his pay packet.