Nathan Ferguson’s representatives have shown “little interest” in restarting contract negotiations with West Brom, according to The Athletic journalist Steve Madeley.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season at The Hawthorns this term, appearing 18 times in the Championship after making his senior debut against Nottingham Forest in August.
Ferguson’s rise has led to interest from elsewhere and due to the fact that his current contract expires in the summer, clubs from outside of England can make an approach to sign him as early as next month.
It presents a problem for West Brom.
One of the latest clubs linked with Ferguson is AC Milan while the Sun has reported that Marseille, Hamburg, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are also keen on the Birmingham-born defender.
Spurs and Palace will not be able to enter talks with Ferguson until the season is over but Milan, Marseille and Hamburg are all just weeks away from being able to approach the teenager with a pre-contract.
Ferguson, for all his potential, could leave The Hawthorns for a measly compensation fee if that happened.
The Athletic reports that for the 19-year-old to agree a new deal, both his representatives and West Brom need to start leaning towards one another in negotiations.
Until that happens, it does seem as though Ferguson’s spell in the West Brom first-team could be a very brief time.
In other West Brom news, Albion are eyeing up a Welsh full-back.