West Bromwich Albion will not be bringing Harry Wilson to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Goal, who claim that Valerien Ismael’s side are no longer in the race for the Liverpool winger, with the Premier League club’s £15m asking price believed to be well out of Albion’s price range, while the Reds are also thought to be unwilling to allow the 24-year-old to leave on a loan deal.
The report continues by stating that West Brom’s likely promotion rivals Fulham now are leading the race for the Wales international, with personal terms between the two parties not thought to be an issue, although it remains to be seen whether Marco Silva’s side will meet Liverpool’s asking price with an offer.
With it very much appearing as if West Brom winger Matheus Pereira will be leaving The Hawthorns this summer, having been linked with the likes of West Ham United, Norwich City, Leeds United and Leicester City in recent weeks, in addition to the fact that Wilson himself has proven a fantastic player in the Championship, the news that the Baggies are out of the race for the winger is sure to have left fans gutted.
Indeed, the 24-year-old highly impressed during his most recent loan spell at Cardiff City, with the £15.3m-rated man scoring seven goals, registering 11 assists and creating 11 big chances over his 37 Championship appearances for the Bluebirds last season.
These returns saw the man Klopp dubbed a “world-class” striker of the ball earn an average SofaScore match rating of 7.20, ranking him as Cardiff’s second-best player in the second tier of English football.
The £41k-per-week forward has also impressed during spells at both Hull City and Derby County in the past, scoring seven goals and providing four assists and bagging 16 goals and registering four assists for the Tigers and the Rams respectively.
As such, should Pereira indeed go on to secure a move away from Albion this summer, Wilson would have very much appeared to be a decent replacement for the Brazilian – who scored 11 goals and registered six assists in the Premier League last season.
However, with Fulham looking the most likely club to land the Welshman ahead of next season, not only will Ismael fail to benefit from the 24-year-old’s undoubted talent, it would appear as if one of the club’s main Championship rivals will – an eventuality that is sure to leave all involved with the Baggies incredibly frustrated.