By Andrew Maddox

25th Jun, 2022 | 2:10pm

Outgoing West Brom star Romaine Sawyers closing in on permanent Stoke City move – but sales must come first

Exit-bound West Brom star Romaine Sawyers is wanted by Stoke City, but The Potters must sell players first according to Stoke manager Michael O’Neill.

Sawyers, who was released by Albion at the end of last season and will officially leave at the end of this month, spent last season on loan at Stoke and made 25 appearances.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, O’Neill confirmed that Stoke were open to bringing him and fellow loanee Josh Maja in on permanent deals, but they need to move others on.

“We have to look at the situation around players leaving probably before we can determine what level we can add,” he said.

“Both players are very much in our thoughts, but at this time we’re probably not in a position to say they’ll be in the building next week.”

The ideal move for Sawyers

It would be fair to say that Sawyers’ homecoming did not quite go to plan.

After arriving from Brentford in 2019, he was instrumental in the Baggies getting promoted under Slaven Bilic.

He kept his place in the Premier League at first but fell out of favour under Sam Allardyce and did not appear in any of Albion’s last 15 matches as they sunk to an immediate relegation.

It was thought he could regain his place after relegation, but instead Valerien Ismael brought in Alex Mowatt and Sawyers was shipped out.

He finally found regular football again last season, though he missed 10 matches between December and February after tearing his thigh muscle.

Unlike at Albion, he is valued by the Stoke management, hence why O’Neill is so keen to keep him.

It is surprising that Albion were so quick to get rid of him however, given how valuable the 30-year-old’s experience could have been.

Instead, if he does move to Stoke, he can finally get his career back on track.

In other West Brom news, promising youngster Caleb Taylor is being lined up for a loan by lower league clubs.