West Brom face a battle to keep hold of full-back Nathan Ferguson after he emerged as a top transfer target for Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have well-documented issues at right-back having sold Kieran Trippier to Atletico Madrid in the summer and they failed to sign a replacement.
And, according to The Sun, Spurs have been scouting Ferguson regularly this season and they have been very impressed with what they’ve seen.
That prompted talk a £10m bid could be on the cards in January for the 19-year-old who has featured in all but one of Albion’s league games this season, with his form a reason behind their fast start in the Championship.
Therefore, we look at THREE reasons why the Baggies must hold on to Ferguson and stand firm if any bid does materialise from the Londoners…
He is an important part of the team
Firstly, Albion are going to be in the mix for promotion in the New Year so losing a first-team player would make no sense.
Ferguson is in the team on merit, he is sound defensively and capable of getting forward, making him the perfect player for Bilic’s style.
Even though they have a few options in the full-back area, selling an important player when you could be in the Premier League just months later would be stupid.
The suggested fee is too low
Following on from that, the only way you could excuse Albion selling would be if they received a crazy offer – and there’s no way £10m falls into that category.
The finances that top-flight clubs have is well known and that means they have to splash out in the market.
Albion would be looking to demand at least £15m for someone who could potentially play at the top level for 15 years or so.
It would have a negative impact around the club
After a tough few years following relegation to the Championship, there is finally a feel-good factor around The Hawthorns right now.
They have the right manager in the job, they are playing attractive football and they are looking capable of going up. Whilst losing Ferguson wouldn’t ruin all of that, it would bring a negativity back that would be bad for all concerned.