This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
West Brom are among the sides interested in signing Ben Pearson, according to the Daily Mail.
The Preston North End midfielder is attracting plenty of interest in the January transfer window with the likes of Celtic and Brentford also said to be keen on a move.
Pearson is out of contract at the end of the season meaning that Alex Neil’s side may be powerless to offers from elsewhere.
But would the Baggies be a good place for Pearson to continue his career?
The team at FLW have their say…
I absolutely love the sound of this potential deal.
Pearson has been one of the standout midfielders in the Championship in recent seasons, and I always wondered when his Premier League opportunity might come around.
And whilst West Brom have every chance of being relegated in the coming months, the prospect of not only playing top flight football, but joining a club that are always going to be on the cusp of promotion, might be difficult to turn down.
West Brom do have the likes of Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers in their squad, but they don’t have a genuine defensive midfielder, and therefore I believe Pearson would be a great addition in their battle to avoid the drop.
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This could be a fantastic signing for West Brom.
Their midfield has struggled at times in the Premier League this season and there’s no doubt that they could do with adding someone that could give them a bit more control.
Pearson has been excellent in holding midfield for Preston in recent years and looks ready to make the step up to the Premier League.
His contract situation means that the Baggies may be able to snap him up cheaply and you feel he could add the solidity and stability that Allardyce will likely be looking for.
Even if Albion are relegated, signing Pearson is a move that would benefit them in the long run.
I could see this being a good signing for West Brom.
It does look as though the Baggies need to change something this month if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season, and Pearson could be someone to help them do that.
The 26-year-old appears to be at a point in his career where he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League, where he could provide an important element of control in the centre of the park for the Baggies, while his contract situation means he could be affordable at the club.
However, given there is far from any guarantee that this would give Pearson more than a few months playing at top-flight level before finding himself back in the Championship, you do feel as though he might be rather hesitant about putting pen to paper on a deal at The Hawthorns, particularly with the interest there appears to be in him from elsewhere.