West Bromwich Albion had a quiet deadline day with no incomings but they weren’t completely void of at least one transfer saga…
At one stage on Monday, it seemed that veteran winger Kamil Grosicki was set to depart the Hawthorns for pastures new – the Express & Star’s Joseph Masi claimed the 32-year-old was in talks with Olympiacos over a permanent move.
It would have seen him instantly loaned out to Evangelos Marinakis’ other owned club, Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.
However, it appears that the deal fell through late on with the Polish winger claiming there was “no concrete offer” and he’d stay to fight for his place.
This could turn out to be a massive mistake from all those involved as the former Hull City man is evidently going to find it hard to break into the starting XI.
At the time, technical director Luke Dowling said: “Look at the ones we did this window, Grosicki – £800,000 for 18 months. We looked at other players and we were quoted a £1m loan fee – on top of their salary. That is where this window can be stupid. To get a player like Grosicki with his experience for that kind of money we were pleased with.”
Well, perhaps they’d have been better off signing one of those ‘costly’ loan targets as the 5 foot 11 wide man is now costing the club by not being involved.
Getting him off the books could have aided their pursuit of Karlan Grant, who the club are struggling to fund a move for with Huddersfield wanting £18m for his signature, according to reports.
It’s thought that the Polish international is among the high earners at the club, taking home around £25k-per-week, which is more than regular starters Darnell Furlong and Semi Ajayi.
Grosicki’s former Hull teammate Jackson Irvine described him as “unplayable” when he’s at his best, adding: “You can’t afford to give him that much space to run in behind” whilst ex-Tigers boss Nigel Adkins dubbed him an “exceptional” winger.
Though Albion have been yet to see that and given his mooted exit throughout the summer, he should have been let go. EFL clubs can sign players for another ten days, so maybe this saga isn’t finished just yet.
AND in other news, West Brom’s forgotten man has been a costly £10.5m mistake…