West Brom’s swoop for promising Yeovil defender Tom James has collapsed, according to Football Insider.
The 22-year old full back has been linked with a move to the Hawthorns and was thought to be there for a medical yesterday after the Glovers accepted a ‘club record’ bid. The report suggests the transfer is now off after James failed his medical.
Fellow Championship side Swansea City were also thought to be in the chase, but this morning the former Cardiff man will be returning to Yeovil with his hopes for a big move in tatters.
The former Wales U19 international started his career with Cardiff City, his hometown club, making a single Premier League appearance against Chelsea in May 2014.
He signed for League Two side Yeovil in January 2017 and has gone on to establish himself as a first team regular, making 54 appearances in 18-months and clearing up their Player of the Year awards last season.
Heartbreak all round, the cash-strapped Glovers need an injection of capital to bring in new faces and James wanted his big move. Now, neither have got their wishes as it all seems to be off.
Could it be resurrected for a smaller fee, if there’s concerns but not career-threatening worries? Perhaps, but for now the youngster’s dream of Championship football looks as distant as Yeovil’s own memories of their time in the second tier.