West Brom will receive just £900,000 for Nathan Ferguson from Crystal Palace, a tribunal has ruled.
— Steve Madeley (@SteveMadeley78) November 3, 2021
The full-back completed a move to the Eagles in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer, just months after a January switch fell through because of issues with his medical.
Given his age, Albion were entitled to compensation for the academy graduate, but the two clubs couldn’t agree a fee for the player, meaning it required a third-party ruling. And, as revealed by The Athletic, they have ordered Palace to pay £900,000 for the player.
That is a major blow for the Baggies, as the update explained how they were expecting to receive up to £10m for Ferguson.
Meanwhile, the two clubs had originally agreed an initial £8m fee for the defender before the knee problem was raised in his medical which prompted the need to renegotiate.
The move to London hasn’t worked out for Ferguson just yet, as the 21-year-old has yet to play a game due to injury problems, although he is now back in training as he looks to force his way into Patrick Vieira’s plans in the coming months.
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This is bad news for Albion because, as the report outlines, they were expecting a fairly significant sum for Ferguson, which could’ve gone towards strengthening the squad in January.
But, this is the risk of going to a tribunal and the people making the estimates at The Hawthorns clearly got it very wrong.
From an outsiders perspective, it does seem harsh that Albion are getting such a low fee for a player they trained and developed, particularly as Palace had agreed to pay an initial £8m before the knee problem was known, which shows the talent Ferguson has.
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