Leeds United consider transfer offer as Slaven Bilic updates on West Brom attacker
Nottingham Forest will move for former West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle in January, according to reports.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were among a host of Championship clubs who wanted to sign Gayle in the summer transfer window but the 29-year-old stayed at Newcastle United.
Gayle returned to Newcastle after his season-long loan stint ended in play-off heartbreak when Albion were beaten by eventual winners Aston Villa in May.
Technical director Luke Dowling publicly revealed after that that the club were unable to convert Gayle’s loan into a permanent stay because of financial constraints.
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Sum it up
Hal Robson-Kanu says it’s ‘phenomenal’ to be playing in the same West Brom team as the likes of Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira.
The Welshman, who committed his future to the club last week, was the hero at Middlesbrough when he hopped off the bench to prod home the winner in the closing stages of the game.
The goal itself came after determined build up play involving loanees Pereira and Diangana, who have both already made their mark in this Albion side after arriving on transfer deadline day from Sporting Lisbon and West Ham respectively.
Along with Matt Phillips, Filip Krovinovic and Kyle Edwards, competition in that particular department of the squad is stern, but it’s driving the best form out of those currently in possession of the shirts.
Barnsley caretaker manager Adam Murray is tipping his inherited Tykes to ‘ruin the party’ at West Brom on Tuesday evening.
The newly promoted Yorkshire outfit are at the bottom of the Championship table as they visit Slaven Bilic’s high flying Albion, fresh from taking a point off the Baggies’ promotion rivals Swansea at Oakwell on Saturday.
They head to The Hawthorns huge underdogs, though.
Albion won again at Middlesbrough over the weekend and will fancy their chances to extend their lead at the top of the division against a side who haven’t won since the opening weekend of the season and who are already three points adrift of safety.
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West Bromwich Albion starlet Nathan Ferguson is reportedly being tracked by three of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Ferguson’s current deal at The Hawthorns expires in the summer, and it is also being claimed that talks over a new contract are underway but not at advanced stage.
Leeds United have also been linked with Ferguson.
As Elton John and Kiki Dee once sang together, so we’ll repeat, with a footballing flavour: “West Ham United, don’t go breaking my heart.”
There might’ve been defensive deficiencies and question marks over the set-up, but West Brom’s front three were stealing the show week on week twelve months ago.
Dwight Gayle was up and running and Jay Rodriguez was joining the fun, while Harvey Barnes took your breath away.
Then Leicester City took Barnes himself away, in January, as desperate Claude Puel attempted to arrest a poor run of results and cling onto his job.
The Championship was back to its unpredictable best with only four of the top ten winning over the weekend.
West Brom and Leeds United were the big winners as both claimed vital 1-0 wins to move themselves further into the thick of promotion race.
The Baggies extended their lead at the top of the table whilst the Whites moved up to second after seeing off Birmingham City.
And the latest odds reveal that bookmakers are still tipping Leeds to lift the title in May, with Slaven Bilic’s side a close second.
West Brom are flying.
They’ve posted seven wins from their opening twelve league games, are top of the league and playing some lovely football in the process under Slaven Bilic.
The summer imports have been, largely a roaring success; Romaine Sawyers, Semi Ajayi, Matheus Pereira and Grady Diangana are among a crop of stars who have already made themselves invaluable to the way Albion operate.
Pereira, Diangana and Charlie Austin all arrived in the nick of time on transfer deadline day, as did young attacker Chris Willock.