According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, West Bromwich Albion defender Nathan Ferguson is set to wait it out to clinch a move abroad amidst doubts over his long-term future in the west Midlands.
This has been the saga of the season so far after the 19-year-old’s sudden breakthrough earlier in the season has led to panic over his contractual situation.
Ferguson’s current deal expires in the summer, and as of yet, there are no clues he will sign a new contract despite being offered a lucrative five-year deal that is 20 times the amount he’s currently on.
It has led to the club exploring the possibility of selling him this month in order to make some sort of financial gain on him, per the Express & Star, but even that has been thrown into uncertainty with this latest update.
Speaking on Twitter, Nixon said:
Keep hearing he waits and goes abroad. https://t.co/UcSTDXmt2T
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 12, 2020
Out of all the possibilities with Ferguson and West Brom, one that involves him seeing out the season and leaving on a free transfer at the end of it is quite possibly the worst of the lot.
It means the club will get very little for him in terms of compensation, and if another Louie Barry to Barcelona situation happens, then Albion are going to erupt. They are yet to see any fee for him despite him set to join arch-rivals Aston Villa, per the Daily Mail.
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At least if someone domestically came in, they could offload him for a fee, a cut-rate one, but at least it’s some sort of financial incoming.
Ferguson has been injured in recent weeks, but his influence in the side isn’t understated, he’s played 20 matches at both left and right-back despite being primarily a central defender for the U23 squad.
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We’re halfway through the transfer window already, and there’s been no movement yet. West Brom will be devastated if they lose him effectively for free, especially if they gain promotion to the top-flight come May.