By Nick Ware

24th Nov, 2021 | 12:10pm

Kevin Phillips wants West Brom to sign Derby County captain Tom Lawrence on free transfer

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Kevin Phillips would be delighted to see West Brom sign Derby County captain Tom Lawrence on a free transfer.

 MailOnline reported last week that Lawrence, 27, would be allowed to leave the Rams for nothing in January in order to cut costs as they feel the effects of their administration.

Championship rivals Swansea City, Bournemouth and Stoke City are also in the race for the £37,000-a-week Wales international.

Former Albion striker Phillips, who coached Lawrence at Derby, suggests it would be a shrewd move on a free transfer, but has baulked at the idea of paying a fee.

“If they get him for free, yeah [sign him], I’d be very sceptical if they had to pay a fee,” Phillips told West Brom News.

“Tom, I worked with him, he’s a very up and down player. When he’s up, he’s very good. I think he’s probably been a player that has lacked a bit of consistency in his career.

“But if they can get him for free – the wages are not going to be astronomical – he’s a player that, on his day, could hurt anyone.

“Come January, when West Broma are hopefully in and around it, it gives them a boost. He’s got experience, he’s been around a while now, so he could help in the dressing room.

“On a free transfer? Definitely. Unfortunately, I’d imagine there will be a lot of competition for his services.

“But the good thing about West Brom is it’s the Midlands and with Derby not being too far away, they might just hold the upper hand there. [It would be] a good bit of business if they can get him for free.”

In other West Brom news, Steve Madeley has shared what fans chanted towards key Albion figures at Blackpool last night.

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