Even though the transfer window has shut for Championship clubs, sides from abroad can still sign players until the end of the month.
And, according to the Mail, several Bundesliga outfits are considering a move for West Brom’s Oliver Burke as the Scotland international continues to struggle for Albion.
The 22-year-old arrived at The Hawthorns two years ago but it’s fair to say he hasn’t had the best of spells in the Black Country and he has once again found himself on the bench under the latest boss – Slaven Bilic.
He was given a run-out as the Croatian made changes for the League Cup tie last night against Millwall, however Burke struggled like many of his teammates as Albion lost 2-1.
So, West Brom may be open to moving the former Leipzig man on even though they can’t bring in a replacement until January.
Here we look at TWO pros and TWO cons to that for the Baggies…
He isn’t a first-team regular
The obvious reason for Bilic to cash in on the player is that he doesn’t start.
He has made two substitute appearances in the league and didn’t impress, whilst it was a similar story in the cup.
With deadline day arrival Matheus Pereira to be added to the group, you could make a case to say that Burke won’t be in the squad moving forward, meaning Albion can cope without him.
He will be commanding a decent wage
When the quick wide man was brought to the club, Albion were in the top-flight and he was considered a coup given the talent he had shown as a teenager with Nottingham Forest.
Therefore, it’s understandable to think that he will be commanding a decent salary. So, the board may jump at the chance to move him on, knowing they will be saving a decent sum.
He is still a young player
Alternatively, even though it feels like Burke has been around for ages, he is still only 22.
That’s nowhere near his peak and he should have years to improve his game and to develop into the player that many thought he would be.
If he does manage to fulfill that potential then he would be a star in the Championship, so Bilic may feel he is worth persevering with and he could back his coaching ability to get more out of Burke.
Albion are unlikely to get their money back on him
Whilst Premier League clubs throw the cash about, it’s not really the same in Germany – or certainly not to those outside the elite.
That means any interested club will be looking for value and Albion are going to do very well to get the £13m they paid for the player back.
Some may feel it’s worth taking a hit on the Scotsman to move him on but it may not make sense from a financial perspective if the offers are low.