Slaven Bilic is hopeful that a decision on the future of Kamil Grosicki will be decided by the EFL sooner rather than later.
West Brom agreed to send Grosicki on loan to Nottingham Forest on deadline day, with a deal being agreed for the winger.
Forest, though, submitted their paperwork to the EFL 21 seconds after Fridays’ 5pm deadline, leaving a move to the City Ground hanging in the balance.
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Forest remain hopeful of being able to complete a deal for Grosicki, with Chris Hughton revealing that a space has been left open in his 25-man squad should they sign the winger.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has now spoken out on the matter, with the Croatian hopeful of a decision being made sooner rather than later for both club’s sake.
Via Birmingham Live, he said: “I don’t know, to be fair. I feel sorry for him. He’s a brilliant guy, and also from our point of view we need to know if we can include him in the squad or whether he is going to become a Forest player.
“Hopefully we’ll know today. The sooner the better, for him and us and also for Forest I suppose. We still don’t know. It’s still speculation, we’re still waiting for the FA.
“We’ve kept the space, but the reason we needed Kamil to go was because we needed the funds. We needed to offload somebody to get the players in – that was the reason.”
Grosicki has been left out of West Brom’s 25-man squad, and he is yet to feature in the Premier League for the Baggies this term.
The longer this drags out, the more inconvenient and confusing it will turn out to be.
West Brom and Forest have both got some important fixtures coming up, and Grosicki will also want to play a lot of football at this stage of his career.
If Forest did submit the paperwork after the 5pm deadline, then technically, a deal shouldn’t be allowed, but the FA clearly want to investigate something and feel something still needs to be sorted out.