Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the Eagles are still interested in signing West Brom full-back Nathan Ferguson.
It was announced earlier this week that Ferguson, 19, will be leaving The Hawthorns on June 30 after refusing the chance to sign a new deal with the Baggies.
The West Brom academy product came close to joining Palace in January before failing a medical and undergoing season-ending surgery.
He hasn’t played for Albion since January and won’t be playing for the club that handed him his shot at professional football again.
It seems that he might be able to continue his development at Selhurst Park though with ex-Baggies boss Hodgson saying that he remains keen on signing the youngster.
“Nathan is one of the players we were keen to bring in in January and it didn’t work out due to the injuries. He is still very much on our radar,” Hodgson said on Wednesday, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.
“There are lots of other players [we are looking at] because of the work [sporting director] Doug Freedman has been doing since we joined up together. It has all been in relation to the type of player we think Crystal Palace need, the type of player we think would be good at Crystal Palace. Those that will come in and make our squad stronger and help out the very good XI we have at the moment.
“Nathan has great potential and has the sort of qualities that we are looking for and that is why we tried to sign him.”
We would have all rather seen Ferguson stay but he seems to have his heart set on a move to South London to join Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
There could be worst places for Ferguson to go and hopefully he will earn plenty of first-team chances at Selhurst Park.
It is a shame that West Brom didn’t tie him down to a longer contract sooner than they did.
He made his debut at Nottingham Forest in August and won Sky Sports’ man of the match award. That should have been the moment Luke Dowling and Slaven Bilic sat down with the teenager and offered him a deal he couldn’t refuse before his head was turned by Premier League clubs.
Palace are a decent club and will be in the Premier League next season.
Hopefully Albion can play against them in the top-flight next term and show Ferguson he should have stayed put.
In other West Brom news, Don Goodman has been raving about Albion’s “unsung hero”.