Carlton Palmer: West Brom were unlikely to sign Ross Barkley
Carlton Palmer believes West Brom would not have been able to afford Ross Barkley, making the proposed move a non-starter.
According to The Telegraph, the Baggies were offered the Chelsea midfielder on loan in the latter stages of the window but did not take it any further due to his £110,000-a-week wages.
The 27-year-old England international is on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, but a move to the Hawthorns always looked like a long shot.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Palmer, a former England international, said, “How do West Brom go anywhere near that? He’s reported to be on £110,000 a week.
“They’d have to be helped out by Chelsea an awful lot. I don’t know what’s happened to Ross, really. I mean, he’s a really talented player, but from his burst on the scene, he hasn’t really fulfilled his potential.”
Would have been interesting
Barkley may not be in the best of form but is an extremely talented player who would’ve added value to this West Brom side.
It was weird that the Blues offered the midfielder towards the end of the window as if they wanted to ship him out earlier, the Baggies would at least have had some time to negotiate a deal.
Oftentimes, when players are on high wages, as Barkley is, per Championship standards, the parent club pays a certain amount of it.
This sees them getting some money off their payroll and also ensures that the said footballer will get playing time at another club.
If he was in the £50,000-a-week category then many at the Hawthorns would have considered taking a punt on him as he could get them a few more steps closer to promotion.
But, Palmer is right. At the staggering wages mentioned in the report, it was never going to happen.
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