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Kevin Phillips claims that the six-year contract which West Brom offered to striker Karlan Grant smacked of “desperation”.
Last week, Albion announced the 23-year-old’s arrival at The Hawthorns from Huddersfield with the Black Country club reportedly paying £15million spread out over the duration of the forward’s lengthy contract [Daily Mail].
It is the first time a player has signed a six-year deal at West Brom but Phillips has played down the length of the deal, claiming that if the player wants to quit or the club wants to sell him before the end of that period, he’ll be on his way.
“It’s a bit of desperation in West Brom’s point of view because time was running out, they needed someone through the door, they needed to bow down a bit to what the player and the agent want,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“It’s not going to be a contract where we all sit there ago: ‘Wow, that’s incredible’. It will be a clever one. They’ll structure it in a way where it will be clever.
“But yeah, six years doesn’t mean anything these days. At the end of the day, if the player wants to leave and the club wants to sell him, they end up selling him.
“A six-year contract is neither here nor there, to be honest.”
Grant is going to be at West Brom for a long time if he does end up seeing out that contract.
The length of the deal must have something to do with the way the payments are structured with Huddersfield because it’s very unlikely the Baggies to hand out such a long contract.
As funds were tight at The Hawthorns over the transfer window, Luke Dowling and Slaven Bilic had to think outside of the box to get deals done.
Grant made his debut against Burnley on Monday and failed to score but time will tell whether or not Dowling and Bilic’s hard work in getting this deal done will be worth it.
In other West Brom news, this Baggies star is open to a move to MLS in January.