In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has reacted to West Brom closing in on their first signing of the January transfer window.
According to the Telegraph’s John Percy, the Baggies are poised to land veteran winger Robert Snodgrass for a minimal fee as he’s in the final six months of his current contract at West Ham.
It’s claimed that the 33-year-old, who was on loan to Albion’s rivals Aston Villa during the 2017/18 season, will have a medical in the next 48 hours before sealing a permanent move to The Hawthorns.
Sam Allardyce is also targeting a move for Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, whilst outcast duo Charlie Austin and Kamil Grosicki have been told they can leave the club this window.
Bournemouth forward Joshua King is another name linked with a switch to West Brom this month.
Speaking to FFC, Windass lauded Big Sam’s move for the Scotsman…
“Snodgrass, people like that on the bench at West Ham, you can see those sorts of players under Big Sam. That sort of type.
“[He will bring] just a little bit of quality. I think he’s coming towards the end of his career, but I know Snoddy really well. In a sense, he’s got that quality, but I know him as a lad as well.
“He will want to play. He won’t want to sit on the bench for West Ham.”
Snodgrass has played just two minutes in the Premier League this season as he has fallen heavily out-of-favour under David Moyes.
He would arrive in the Midlands with something that Allardyce’s squad lacks in abundance – top-flight experience.
For the likes of Norwich, Hull City and of course, the Hammers, Snodgrass has racked up 163 appearances in the Premier League, where he has contributed 26 goals and 25 assists, per Transfermarkt.
It remains to be seen what the exact figure the Baggies will have to pay, but it is thought that the midfielder is on around £40k-per-week in east London so a similar wage would put him among Albion’s highest earners.