West Brom loan switch mooted for Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis
Express & Star journalist Luke Hatfield has mooted a potential loan move to West Brom for Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis.
Davis, 23, scored two goals in 18 appearances across all competitions for Aston Villa this season with Dean Smith handing him just three starts.
One of those goals came against the Albion in April when Davis took advantage of some woeful defending to score a late equaliser at Villa Park.
Writing on The Express & Star website, Hatfield reports that Davis may be available on loan in the summer and that he could be someone who the Baggies have an interest in.
“One man much closer to home who could be on offer on loan next season is Keinan Davis.
“The Aston Villa striker has yet to really earn a solid run in the side at Villa Park, and with Wesley returning to fitness and Ollie Watkins starring for the club he might find opportunities even harder to come by next season.
“A loan move would certainly make sense for Villa, and given Albion are only down the road it could suit the player perfectly too.
“His goal record isn’t the best though, having netted just twice in 18 appearances over the last campaign – but given a regular starting role he could find his shooting boots.
“He’s certainly a player capable of leading the line though, regularly bullying defenders and brilliant at bringing others into play, something which could work perfectly with Albion’s likely wide options next season.”
One to keep tabs on
It would be bold of West Brom to make any moves in the transfer market at this stage with a new manager yet to be appointed.
Of course, Luke Dowling will have been drawing up a list of potential signings well before Sam Allardyce left The Hawthorns and prompted a search for a successor.
Dowling’s time will mostly be taken up by that right now but it doesn’t mean that he won’t be spinning several plates at once and keeping one eye on the transfer market.
If Davis becomes available on loan, he could be someone to add to the numbers at West Brom without much of a hit on the transfer budget.
The Stevenage-born striker is yet to have a loan spell away from Villa Park and based on his one Premier League start this season, Smith doesn’t feel as though he’s ready for top-flight football.
It wouldn’t be a shock if Davis became available on a permanent basis in all honesty but for now, Albion have to hold fire on possible signings because Dowling needs to work alongside the next manager.
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