By Danny Wright

2nd Jun, 2020 | 7:30pm

Exclusive: West Brom may be forced to spend up to £20m to sign loanee permanently - ex-Baggie

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 warned West Brom that they might have to spend up to £20million to sign Grady Diangana on a permanent basis from West Ham.

Diangana, 22, has been one of the stars of the season at The Hawthorns since joining on a season-long loan from the Hammers in the summer.

Although he’s missed all but two matches since Christmas, Diangana has had a huge impact on the Albion attack.

He has scored five goals and supplied six assists in his 21 Championship appearances and once the season is able to resume, you would assume that the England Under-21 international will continue to tear up the league before his injury issues.

West Brom want to sign Diangana permanently once his loan deal ends with Claret & Hugh reporting that Slaven Bilic would love to strike a deal.

However, according to ex-Baggies striker Phillips, it could take a club-record fee to land the young attacker.

“If West Brom really want him, West Ham will slap a huge price-tag on him,” Phillips told West Brom News. “If you want him, you’re going to have to pay for him so there’s another stumbling block.

“I would imagine he’s worth between £10million and £20million.”

For a young English attacker who has been one of West Brom’s best players this season, £20million would not be the worst fee in the world.

If Matheus Pereira was going to cost that must then the club is unlikely to have blinked twice but coronavirus’ impact on the financial side of football is going to hit hard.

It might be tough for clubs to stump up that kind of money.

In other West Brom news, Albion are in the hunt to sign this striker who is nicknamed ‘The Tank’.

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