According to John Percy at the Telegraph, West Brom could offer up to £1.5m in order to keep Grady Diangana at the Hawthorns for the rest of the season.
It’s believed that the 21-year-old’s parent club West Ham have a right to recall him by January 27th, which leaves the Baggies hanging in the lurch for another week.
The hierarchy at the west Midlands club think a seven-figure offer will be enough to persuade the Hammers into letting him stay.
It is also reported that they are considering a further £3m fee to keep him on for another season regardless of the division they’ll be operating in.
West Ham could use the funds to bolster David Moyes’ transfer kitty this month.
This move would be an interesting, yet cunning, ploy by sporting and technical director Luke Dowling and his colleagues.
Diangana has been one of the brightest stars of not only Albion’s squad but in the Championship too, after finding the net five times on top of providing six assists, per Transfermarkt.
The loss of the winger would be devastating to their title and promotion chances as seen with their recent dip in form.
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The Baggies haven’t won in five league matches, which is no coincidence when you see that Diangana has missed every game through injury and only just made his return during the second half last time out.
West Ham must also know that his services would be well sought-after in the second-tier, so it puts an awful lot of pressure on Albion to seal this deal.
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Dowling, Bilic and those involved will have acted smart if this move pays off as in the grand scheme of things, £1.5m is small fry as promotion lands you a very lucrative financial packet – Aston Villa landed around £170m for beating Derby County in the playoffs.
Think of the return on investment come the summer on that.