West Brom are still confident of completing the signing of defender Saul Shotton, despite growing interest from elsewhere in the 18-year-old, The Birmingham Mail have reported.
Shotton is a free agent following his former club Bury’s expulsion from the Football League last month, and is currently on trial with the Baggies ahead of a potential new deal with the club.
The centre-back has featured in multiple Under 23s games for West Brom while on trial with the club, who are evidently keen to secure his future at the Hawthorns.
That’s despite interest in Shotton from a number of other clubs, with Premier League duo Manchester United and Watford, as well as West Brom’s Championship rivals Leeds, all said to be keen on signing the teenager.
West Brom however are apparently confident that Shotton will sign a two-year at The Hawthorns following his trial with the club.
During his time at Bury, the defender featured six times for the Shakers’ senior side, including four appearances in League One during the 2017/18 season.
This will be a big statement from West Brom if they can pull it off.
Would Saul Shotton be a good signing for the Baggies?
When you look at the number and profile of the clubs they are battling for Shotton, it shows you just how much potential the 18-year-old seems to have.
If West Brom can pull this therefore, it feels like it would be a significant coup for them, and demonstrate their ambitions to make their own return to the top flight sooner rather than later.
Given he has been training with the club for some time now, you imagine that Shotton likes what he has seen from the Baggies, so you can understand their confidence in getting this deal over the line.