By Adefunmiloye Alani

18th Jun, 2021 | 10:39am

West Brom have moved for Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael

West Brom are now looking to appoint Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael, according to The Telegraph journalist John Percy.

The Frenchman was on the Baggies radar while Luke Dowling was the sporting and technical director, but he was not keen due to his direct style of play [The Athletic].

West Brom have seen moves for Chris Wilder and David Wagner fall through, while Michael Appleton made it clear that he was not interested.

Ismael has emerged as clear favourites, and Percy has taken to Twitter to share the update.


West Brom owner Guochuan Lai did not want to pay compensation in order to appoint a manager but appears to have changed his mind.

We have not paid compensation to hire a boss since 2009 when Roberto Di Matteo was hired from MK Dons, and this development is a huge one, especially when you consider that.

Lai had pulled a plug on a move for Chris Wilder before this – a manager who has a proven track record of winning promotion and would not have come with the baggage of a compensation fee.

As for Ismael, he did a great job at Barnsley last season.

Many had thought the Tykes would have been relegated or at least in a battle against relegation from the Championship but instead, he took the Yorkshire club all the way to the play-offs.

Barnsley played a direct style of football that Albion fans might not like but given the type of players in the squad at The Hawthorns, the Frenchman might adapt.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies want to sign an English striker who scored 21 goals in 20/21.

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