West Brom remain in contract talks with winger Kyle Edwards over a new long-term deal, according to Steve Madeley.
The Athletic journalist shared that talks are ongoing, but that they are progressing slowly at the Hawthorns over his future.
Slaven Bilic is said to be a “big fan” of the 22-year-old and has used him sparingly since promotion to the Premier League.
Writing in an Athletic mailbag, Madeley shared that the Baggies board are continuing to be patient with their negotiations.
“As far as I know, the Edwards contract talks remain ongoing but slow,” he wrote.
“Bilic is a big fan of the 22-year-old forward but he still has to prove himself at first-team level, so I think the club will be cautious when they’re negotiating.”
West Brom will be keen to keep Bilic happy, especially after the turmoil at the Hawthorns in the past couple of months.
The last thing they need after the sale of Ahmed Hegazi is one of their brightest talents not being secured and watching them leave.
Edwards has been sparingly used this season.
The winger has been used five times in the Premier League but has only completed 132 minutes with one of those being starts against Southampton.
Bilic will want Edwards to create more openings, and be more clinical with his final product. The youngster has only had two shots this season, as well as only delivering one cross according to the WyScout – not good enough for a winger.
Edwards will want more opportunities, but a new contract would certainly give him the confidence to go out and prove himself to the Baggies.
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