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West Bromwich Albion could sell Nathan Ferguson during the January transfer window, to protect themselves from losing him for a nominal fee in the summer, as reported by The Daily Mail.
West Brom risk losing teenage revelation Ferguson with very little compensation if they do not sell him during the January transfer window or agree a contract extension.
The defender’s current deal comes to an end upon this season’s culmination and if he were to move abroad, the Baggies could face a similar situation to that of Louie Barry.
This saw Barcelona move in for the young talent, and due to the fact he was moving abroad, the Spanish giants only needed to pay around £235,000 in compensation.
Considering their past misfortune, West Brom are thinking of selling Ferguson in January, with Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace said to be interested.
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The Baggies have allowed themselves to be drawn into a tough position, as they now have a race against time to get Ferguson on a new contract, with the youngster having grown to be a prominent player in the team, boasting 13 starts this season.
Considering this is Ferguson’s breakthrough season, there will likely be plenty of frustrations at the Hawthorns that they won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of their youth coaches’ labour first-hand for longer.
However, this could be a necessary move to ensure the club gets the funds they deserve if they are to lose the teenager, which wasn’t the case with Barry’s departure.
Selling Ferguson so soon will probably not have been what many at the club envisaged and losing him midway through a promotion push is certainly a blow, but it is arguably their best option considering the circumstances.
At the very least, history won’t be repeating itself at the Hawthorns.