Karlan Grant, Slaven Bilic’s top transfer target, has been left out of Huddersfield’s matchday squad for this weekend’s season opener against Norwich, ahead of a possible move to West Brom.
Grant, who will reportedly cost around £16 million, has been heavily linked with a move to The Hawthorns in recently weeks
BirminghamLive are reporting that Grant has been left out of Carlos Corberan’s squad, as the Terriers prepare to take on recently-relegated Norwich at the John Smith’s Stadium.
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Earlier in the transfer window, Athletic journalist Steve Madeley reported that it is “inconceivable” that Slaven Bilic will start the season without a new striker available to him.
The plan to bring make Grant a Baggies player hit a snag when West Brom decided to spend a decent chunk of their transfer budget on securing the permanent services of West Ham winger Grady Diangana.
Madeley also reported that Luke Dowling and his staff may need to get creative to secure Grant’s services.
The three things suggested as possibilities are a series of staggered payments, a loan with future obligations and a “hefty” sell-on fee.
West Brom have had a solid transfer window so far, bringing back three players who were at the Hawthorns on loan last season, in the shape of Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson as well as Diangana.
The one position Bilic’s side need to upgrade is upfront, and if the Baggies can get the deal for Grant over the line, it will give them a decent chance of staying in the Premier League.
In other West Brom news, this BBC pundit has predicted the scoreline of the Baggies versus Leicester.