By Danny Wright

23rd Mar, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Kevin Phillips suggests West Brom could secure second loan deal for player

We’re delighted to welcome former West Brom striker Kevin Phillips as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at The Hawthorns…

Kevin Phillips has suggested that West Brom could look to sign Filip Krovinovic on a second loan deal in the summer if they are unable to afford him.

Portuguese news outlet A Bola, has reported that the Baggies have decided that they will table a bid to sign the 24-year-old permanently from Benfica in the summer.

However with the Championship season on pause and the race for promotion not by any means over, there is a chance West Brom could struggle to finance a permanent deal for the Croatian playmaker.

Since suffering relegation from the Premier League in 2018, the most West Brom have spent on a player is the £8million splash out on striker Kenneth Zohore.

It has also been widely reported that the Baggies are set to spend £8.25million on signing Matheus Pereira permanently.

A Bola has previously reported that Benfica would want £9million for Krovinovic, which is a fee that would make him Albion’s most expensive Championship signing.

Phillips has suggested that one way to get out of splashing that kind of cash is by striking a second loan deal for the midfielder.

“If the season gets cancelled, you would like to think he’d want to stay on and sign permanently in the Championship and go again,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“He could possibly come back on loan again. Only time will tell on that one.”

Krovinovic has certainly impressed West Brom supporters with his performances in recent months and that £9million valuation seems like a snip for a player of his quality and age.

If Albion go up then they really should splash out on landing the 24-year-old but if whatever reason promotion isn’t won, then it could be problematic.

Krovinovic’s displays are bound to have caught the eye elsewhere and maybe he sees this season at The Hawthorns as a stepping stone to reach the Premier League.

In other West Brom news, this is why Kenneth Zohore still has so much to prove at The Hawthorns.