Vincent Kompany's Burnley in late attempt to hijack West Brom move for Jed Wallace
New Burnley manager Vincent Kompany is making a last-ditch effort to hijack the West Brom move to sign Jed Wallace, according to The Sun.
The former Manchester City captain, who was appointed Clarets boss last week (14 June), is now set to “battle it out” with Baggies manager Steve Bruce for the winger.
Express & Star had reported on 13 June that Albion were one of a number of clubs to offer the Millwall man a deal to sign on a free transfer and that they were likely to hear a decision by this Wednesday 23 June after he gets back from his honeymoon.
But now that timetable could be thrown off by the late arrival of Kompany into the equation as he looks to bring the 28-year-old to Turf Moor.
His side may lose Maxwel Cornet and Dwight McNeil after they were relegated from the Premier League.
Bruce has so far managed to sign ex-Reading stand-out John Swift but was hoping to add another of “the best free agents in the Championship” according to The Sun report.
Bad news and good?
The entry of Burnley into the race at the last minute is hardly what Baggies fans wanted to hear, considering they will be armed with parachute payments after falling out of the top flight.
Kompany’s pulling power as a coach is as-yet unclear, since his illustrious playing career only recently ended but he is somewhat unproven after his time as Andelecht manager.
That could work either way for West Brom, as the Belgian would generally be seen as a more exciting star name than Bruce, but the boss at the Hawthorns has far more Championship experience.
On the plus side, if the focus of the report in The Sun is to be believed, Albion look to be at the head of the queue otherwise as they are the only competitor mentioned.
If that therefore puts them in a two horse race with the Clarets it has narrowed down the field from the “host” Express & Star had reported offering deals.
This looks set to delay a decision from Wallace, who scored six and assisted 11 league goals in the 2021/22 season.
It is possible he remains at the New Den, but he is thought to be more likely to move on, so it now comes down to a matter of what Burnley can pay him, and who he thinks has a better chance at promotion.
With the Clarets still likely to lose a number of players, and in a far different shape from when they last came down, they are somewhat of an unknown quantity so it is hard to gauge their pulling power in this instance.
In other West Brom news, the club may be set to miss out on another one of Bruce’s main summer targets.
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