Athletic journalist Steve Madeley has said that he would be “amazed” if there isn’t a release clause in Grady Diangana’s West Brom contract.

The signing of Diangana was seen as one of the coups of the summer for the Baggies, with West Ham fans left angry at losing one of their best young players.

Madeley was discussing contract clauses – release and relegation – in a fan Q&A on The Athletic.

“I’d be amazed if there wasn’t one [release clause] for Grady Diangana, because they’re pretty standard in this day and age in transfers of that scale,” Madeley said.

“Matheus Pereira is an interesting one, though, because his personal terms were effectively sewn up more than a year ago when he first arrived on loan and was in a much weaker bargaining position, so I’d be less sure on that.

“I’m told every player in the squad does have a relegation clause in his contract, so there are no worries about an unsustainable wage bill in the event of going straight back down.”

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The issue of clauses is an important one for West Brom.

No one wants to talk about relegation and we think that the Baggies side that secured a point against Burnley is ultimately going to be too good to go down.

However, the fact that the entire squad has a relegation clause is a good thing. It means the Baggies won’t be saddled with a wage bill that’s too high for the Championship if the worst happens.

The gulf between the Championship and the Premier League is arguable bigger than it’s ever been in this uncertain world and it’s important that West Brom think of all future possibilities.

As far as release clauses go, Madeley doesn’t say for sure whether Diangana has one or not. If he does we can only hope it’s at a level that reflects his quality – and that’s much higher than the initial £12m fee they put down for the winger up front.

Matheus Pereira could well be the bargain of the summer, though, with the winger arriving for a fee just over £7m. Now that’s great business.

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