Kamil Grosicki is likely to stay at West Brom for the rest of the season after Legia Warsaw and Pogon Szczecin signed other players.
In an exclusive interview with West Brom News editor Danny Wright, Meczyki journalist Tomasz Włodarczyk revealed that Legia and Pogon have ended their interest in Grosicki, 32, after failing to stump up enough funds to afford his wages.
Grosicki is earning £40,000-a-week on his contract at The Hawthorns, which expires at the end of the season.
It is understood that one idea for Legia to sign Grosicki was that Albion cover part of his wages for the rest of the season. However an agreement was not reached despite the Poland international snubbing Nottingham Forest on deadline day in order to discuss terms with the Warsaw club.
Speaking to West Brom News, Włodarczyk said: “As we look at the transfers Legia and Pogon did in the last couple of days, there’s no place and no money for Grosicki anymore.
“Legia called him on the last day of the English transfer window when Grosicki had an offer on the table from Nottingham Forest. He was thinking about going there. We know about the mess from October when the deal was not done because of a 20-second delay but they still wanted him.
“But Legia called and Kamil decided to go for it, to talk to Legia and rejected Forest. He didn’t want to go to Forest because they only offered him a six-month deal until the end of the season and he was looking for something more stable and Legia was thinking about a year-and-a-half contract, with an option for another season.
“But they were talking, negotiating and Legia were counting money to see if it was possible to do a deal. But of course, for a Polish club, his wages from West Brom are definitely too much.
“From what I know, Kamil gets £40,000-a-week. It’s really a lot and basically impossible for a Polish club to pay £160,000-a-month. We were thinking West Brom might let him go and split the wage until the end of the season with Legia but it would still be a lot.
“Legia were processing it, thinking about it but in the end, it was too much for the club so they didn’t push for it.
“They took another three players from Eastern Europe so there’s no place for Kamil anymore. Pogon took another player too so I don’t know what’s going to happen to him now.”
Grosicki has found himself frozen out at The Hawthorns by manager Sam Allardyce despite putting in decent shifts against Blackpool, Wolves and West Ham last month, assisting goals versus the League One club and the Hammers.
The former Hull and Rennes winger has not made any of Allardyce’s last five matchday squads in the Premier League and with a spot in Poland’s squad at the European Championships in the summer at stake, Włodarczyk claims that Russia might be the only option for the player if he quits the Baggies.
The Meczyki journalist added: “He doesn’t have any options at the moment because the transfer window will close in Poland soon (next Wednesday). There may be other countries who are suitable for him, maybe Russia and the USA but basically, that’s it.
“My opinion is that the only solution will be to stay at West Brom. That’s obviously one option but I don’t think he’s going to play under Sam Allardyce any more.
“The second option is to look for ending the contract and look for a club as a free player. But, I don’t think it’s going to happen to be honest so my idea is that he’s going to stay at the moment, which will be better for him.”
Grosicki faces a lot of competition to get back into the West Brom squad with Allardyce bringing in Robert Snodgrass from West Ham in the January transfer window to bolster his options out wide.
On top of that Big Sam has shown a tendency towards playing Karlan Grant and Matheus Pereira out wide, which further bloats the Baggies’ winger options.
Since joining Albion from Hull last January, Grosicki has made 19 appearances in all competitions and scored one goal.
Unfortunately for him, it seems like an uphill battle to get back into the Black Country club’s squad before the season is over and the European Championships kick off.
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