West Brom are hoping to convince wingers Matt Phillips and Kyle Edwards to sign new contracts at The Hawthorns, the Express and Star have reported.
Both players see their current deals at The Hawthorns expire at the end of the season, meaning they would be free to leave the club for nothing next summer, although it seems the Baggies are keen to avoid that happening.
Phillips joined West Brom from QPR in the summer of 2016, with the 28-year-old going onto make a total 99 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands side, scoring 14 times so far.
Earlier this summer, it was reported that Premier League trio Aston Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United were all interested in signing Phillips, although a move to the top tier failed to materialise for the winger.
Edwards meanwhile is a graduate of West Brom’s academy, with the 21-year-old so far making 15 appearances in all competitions for the Baggies, scoring on three occasions, as well as twice being loaned out to League Two side Exeter City during the 2017/18 season.
Both players have started all three of Albion’s league games this season, with the pair providing the goals in their side’s 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest on the opening day of the season.
I think this would be a smart move by West Brom.
Phillips in particular has demonstrated to be a reliable option going forward for the Baggies since his arrival, and you do feel he still has plenty more to offer at The Hawthorns.
Likewise, Edwards has shown plenty of in the past season or so, and the fact that he has started all three games for the West Brom this season highlights the high esteem in which he is held at the club.
You feel therefore that, given the attacking options they have lost over the course of this summer, the Baggies will be keen to keep both of these forward options at the club, and moving to get these deals done so early in the season, before other clubs really start to circle, does seem to be a shrewd piece of thinking on the part of the club.