By Nick Ware

17th Jul, 2021 | 3:10pm

Liverpool winger Harry Wilson wants top-flight football amid West Brom pursuit

West Brom have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Liverpool winger Harry Wilson as he “would prefer top-flight football” this season, according to David Anderson.

Writing on the Mirror website, Anderson claims the 24-year-old is even willing to move abroad in search of that, with the Premier League giants keen to offload Wilson this summer.

£10million would seal the deal, as per Anderson’s report, but Brentford have the advantage over Albion in the race for the Wales international after the two clubs swapped divisions following contrasting 2020/21 seasons.

Minor blow

Wilson is a proven Championship player – 29 goals in 90 second-tier appearances is a great record for a young player – but he’s not a necessity to sign this summer.

Matheus Pereira may be on the move this summer, and that would leave a void for a creative attacker who can score long-range goals and take set-pieces.

However, if Valerien Ismael is insistent on his 3-4-3 formation that he trialled against Woking on Friday evening, then it doesn’t appear as if a natural playmaker is required.

Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana lined up as inside forwards either side of Matt Phillips who assumed the central striking role, a position unaccustomed to a player used to starting from a wide berth.

However, it would appear he is merely plugging a gap, and Ismael will surely be targeting a strong, robust striker in the mould of Daryl Dike, the American forward who was a revelation under the Baggies boss at Barnsley last season.

Ismael may have to settle someone with less pace, but it might well be a target man that he is looking for, and that would increase the need for speed either side of him.

Wilson isn’t that sort of player – he’s not rapid, someone who will run beyond the striker, and he can be considered a luxury player at times.

At the price being banded around, considering our limited budget, it never really felt like a viable signing.

In other West Brom news, Albion could loan out this first-team star to raise transfer funds amid a bare summer budget.

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