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West Brom veteran Chris Brunt could be dislodged if Romaine Sawyers arrives

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According to Sky Sports, West Brom remain in talks to sign Romaine Sawyers after having an initial bid rejected.

What’s the word?

West Brom’s transfer window is gathering some real momentum now after the arrivals of Kenneth Zohore and Semi Ajayi.

This week has already seen a host of targets lined up according to reports, with defenders Darnell Furlong and Mason Holgate in the pipeline per Express & Star.

Yet, in the midfield department, they’re hoping to add another body to their ranks.

Sky Sports claimed on Monday that the Baggies were still in talks to sign Sawyers from Brentford despite having an initial £2.2m bid rejected.

It’s suggested that the Bees are looking for a fee closer to £3m for the 27-year-old.

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Brunt finally dislodged?

Chris Brunt has been a loyal servant down the years for Albion, making 410 appearances for the club in his time at the Hawthorns.

Last term the Northern Irishman was a big presence once again, playing 34 times in the Championship whilst scoring twice and claiming six assists.

However, if Sawyers arrived, it could finally be the start of the 34-year-old being phased out.

It was always going to be interesting to see how Slaven Bilic moulded the squad but this could be one of his first major plays.

Sawyers, who has played at number ten in the past, is an extremely competent central midfielder and played the majority of his football slightly further back in 2018/19.

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He played 24 times in the middle of the park, laying on six assists as he showed his excellent creativity.

It was a tally that equalled Brunt but Sawyers was far better in terms of his overall passing, finishing the campaign with a success rate of 86.2% compared to the former’s 77.2%.

Albion already have Ajayi in their ranks now whilst they also have the rising talents of Sam Field and Rekeem Harper.

With that in mind, there is a case to be made that Brunt could be about to be dislodged.

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