West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the signing of Barnsley midfielder Alex Mowatt, according to John Percy of the Telegraph.
Mowatt was a key player for Barnsley what was a remarkable campaign for the Tykes under Valerien Ismael last season.
The 26-year-old made 52 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and registering seven assists in the Championship.
But Barnsley are now set to lose their talisman to West Brom, with Ismael now in charge of the Baggies having left Oakwell last week.
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Mowatt is out of contract at Oakwell, and is now reportedly closing in on a move to the Hawthorns on a free transfer.
Here, we take a look at one winner and one loser as Mowatt closes in a move to the Hawthorns…
Winner: Valerien Ismael
Whenever a new manager takes charge at a new club having been successful elsewhere, more often than not they look to reunite with their former players.
Mowatt is a player who Ismael trusts, first and foremost, so having him at the Hawthorns straight after taking charge would be a massive bonus for him.
But Mowatt is also a player who Ismael knows how to get the best out of, which undoubtedly increases their chances of being successful next season.
Loser: Romaine Sawyers
Sawyers could be at risk here.
The 29-year-old was a key player when Albion won promotion in 2019/20, but he made only 19 appearances in the Premier League last term.
He only has one year left on his deal at the Hawthorns, and Mowatt’s arrival could push him out of favour and maybe even closer to the exit door.
They may consider selling him, rather than potentially lose him for nothing next summer.