Birmingham should match WBA’s offer to Morrison to bolster midfield ranks

James Morrison has proved his fitness to new West Bromwich Albion manager Darren Moore and has been rewarded by the offer of a new contract, according to the Express and Star.

What’s the story, then?

The report states that the 46-cap Scottish international has spent pre-season attempting to prove to Moore that he is over the Achilles injury that ruled him out for much of last term and that he has finally done enough to prove he has.

Morrison’s contract reportedly ran out at the end of a campaign which saw the Baggies drop into the Championship but signing a new one would take his spell at the Hawthorns into a 12th season.

His wages are reported at a staggering £60,000 but surely Moore would offer reduced terms in light of the Baggies’ second-tier status this season.

Birmingham should swoop in

The nature of Birmingham’s transfer situation is complex with an embargo reportedly in place but no formal announcement that Garry Monk cannot bring anyone in.

Therefore, a free swoop may represent their best chance of getting a deal done and Monk should be attempting to rival West Brom’s offer to add some much-needed midfield quality alongside Mikael Kieftenbeld in the centre of the park.

The Baggies have a host of experienced midfield options, but Morrison should be a guaranteed starter at St Andrew’s and they would allow him to extend his stay in the West Midlands, just with a different club.