West Bromwich Albion are interested in a move to bring Harry Wilson to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Goal, who claim that the Baggies, along with Benfica and Brentford, are keeping a close eye on the situation of the Liverpool winger ahead of a potential move in the summer transfer window.
The report added that the 24-year-old is open to a move away from Anfield in a bid to play regular first team football, while Jurgen Klopp’s side are believed to be looking for a fee of around £12m in order to part with Wilson this summer.
Considering just how impressive Wilson has been over a number of loan spells with Championship and Premier League sides in recent seasons, it is unsurprising to learn that Valerien Ismael is considering a move to make the Liverpool winger his first signing since taking over at The Hawthorns.
Indeed, after being loaned out to Hull City in the back end of the Tigers’ 2017/18 Championship campaign, Wilson went on to score seven goals, provide three assists and create three big chances for his teammates over just 14 league appearances for the club, with his average SofaScore match rating of 7.25 ranking him as Hull’s second-best performer in the league that season.
A season-long loan at Frank Lampard’s Derby County followed, with the winger scoring 15 goals, providing three assists and creating six big chances over his 40 Championship appearances. These returns saw the 24-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.17, ranking him as the Rams’ best player in the league that year.
The £41,000-per-week Wilson was then sent to Premier League side Bournemouth in 2019/20, where he managed to score seven goals and create four big chances for his teammates over 31 league fixtures despite the Cherries battling at the wrong end of the table for the majority of the season and ultimately suffering relegation to the Championship.
Last season, the Wales international was loaned to Cardiff City, scoring seven goals, registering 11 assists and creating 11 big chances over his 37 Championship appearances for Mick McCarthy’s side. He earned a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.20, ranking him as the Bluebirds’ second-best performer in the division.
With West Brom and Ismael facing the challenge of securing an immediate return to the Premier League next season, a player who has a proven track record of returning goals and assists in the Championship, as well as consistently ranking among a club’s top two performers in the division, would appear to be exactly the type of signing the Frenchman should be looking to get over the line this summer.
As such, all of the above would lead us to the conclusion that Ismael must do all he can to land the man whom Marcelo Bielsa once dubbed an “exceptional” player this summer, as Wilson very much appears to have the potential to fire the Baggies back to the top flight next season.