West Brom offered chance to sign Ross Barkley on loan
West Brom were reportedly offered the chance to snap up Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley on loan in the final days of the window.
According to The Telegraph, his wages of £110,000-per-week priced the Baggies out of a move for the England international.
The 27-year-old has become an outcast at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel and The Hawthorns was touted as a potential destination this summer.
Barkley would’ve been a terrific addition for the Baggies, given their lack of depth in the middle of the park.
He would undoubtedly be an upgrade on all the options Valerien Ismael has at the Hawthorns, and would push add between five and 10 points singlehandedly to their promotion push.
His experience of playing for England, with and against some of the best players in the Premier League and in Europe, would rub off on some of the youngsters at the club.
He is also rated highly by manager and BBC pundit Neil Warnock who referred to him as “phenomenal” last year.
The report doesn’t hint at it, but the Baggies should’ve looked to negotiate his salary with the Blues in a bid to get him to the club.
An agreement could have been reached which would see both clubs paying a certain percentage of his wages with a big split as Barkley is very likely to be frozen out at Stamford Bridge.
However, now that the window has shut, there’s nothing that can be done now. West Brom must look at options to sign him in January if he’s made available again and a cheap deal can be found.
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