West Brom could be set for an interesting summer transfer window ahead, as Slaven Bilic’s side edge closer to winning promotion into the Premier League.
One player that is likely to be on their radar is West Ham United’s Grady Diangana, with the winger catching the eye with some impressive showings for the Baggies on loan this season.
The 22-year-old has hit five goals and been on hand to provide six assists for his West Brom team-mates, as they sit second in the Championship with nine matches remaining in this year’s campaign.
But it has recently been reported by Football Insider that West Ham are demanding a fee in the region of £15million for West Brom to sign Diangana permanently.
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds United defender Danny Mills admitted that it could be tricky for the Baggies to stump up West Ham’s hefty asking price for Diangana.
“Quite possibly yes, is the answer. Football finances have been turned on their heads by the pandemic.
“Having said that, if West Brom get promoted, the player might think, ‘well actually, I’m happy here’. Does he want to stay and fight and be part of it in a team where he’s one of the main guys. He’s a big fish – does he want to go to West Ham and become a little fish?”
But Mills went on to reveal that the Baggies could have a chance in striking a permanent agreement with West Ham, but only if they’re promoted into the Premier League this season.
“Yes, it’s a lot of money, and it’d be difficult for West Brom, but I don’t think that it’s done and dusted just because of a large fee.
“There’s every chance that if West Brom get promoted, they could hold on to him.”
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I think he’ll be tempted by a permanent move if they win promotion this season.
Diangana has really impressed me on loan with the Baggies this term, and I firmly believe that he’s more than capable of making the step up to the Premier League in the near future.
Slaven Bilic has shown that he’s willing to give the youngster a chance in the first-team, which could tilt any potential agreement in their favour in the summer transfer window.
If West Ham are to lower their asking price, then I expect Diangana to sign permanently for West Brom before next season gets under way.