By Olly Allen

18th Nov, 2021 | 11:27am

West Brom keen on free transfer for Derby County forward Tom Lawrence

West Brom are interested in signing Tom Lawrence from Championship bottom club Derby County, according to the MailOnline.  

The 27-year-old is the Rams’ captain, but as they are currently in administration they are willing to let him leave in January in order to cut costs.

Lawrence has made 15 appearances for Derby this season, playing all across their frontline, scoring two goals and registering three assists.

MailOnline claim that the Rams will let the Welsh international go for free so that they can remove his £37,000-a-week salary from the wage bill.

The report adds that West Brom will face competition from fellow Championship sides Swansea City, Bournemouth and Stoke City for Lawrence’s signature.

A deal worth doing?

With West Brom reluctant to spend any transfer fees at the moment, they could easily be tempted by signing an experienced Championship performer for free.

However, when you consider the options already at Valerien Ismael’s disposal, it begs the question as to whether the Baggies actually need Lawrence.

Top scorer Karlan Grant has spent the majority of the season on the left wing, while Matt Phillips, Callum Robinson and Grady Diangana are all good options out wide too.

Two goals in 15 games is not a great return for Lawrence this season and follows on from a record of three in 23 last season.

West Brom do need reinforcements in attack, but their primary focus should be securing a new central striker.

Former Barnsley man Daryl Dike has been heavily linked, which would seem a more sensible option in January.

In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley has named two players who are likely to leave the club in the near future.

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