By Andrew Maddox

28th Jun, 2022 | 12:10pm

West Brom are not interested in outgoing Derby star Tom Lawrence

West Brom will not be signing Welsh international Tom Lawrence and have never been interested in the winger, according to Joseph Masi.

Albion have been heavily linked with a move for the former Derby County captain, with Alan Nixon reporting that a deal could even be finalised in a matter of days.

However, the Express & Star journalist has rubbished those stories, saying Albion are not interested in any more wide players.

The Baggies have already signed Jed Wallace this summer and already have both Callum Robinson and Adam Reach to play out wide as well as Grady Diangana.

Instead, the report claims that Albion are interested in a new midfielder, backup striker and backup full back.

Are Albion making a mistake?

Despite Derby’s relegation, Lawrence is coming off the back of a strong season for The Rams.

The 28-year-old scored 11 goals and grabbed five assists in 38 league appearances last season, leaving him joint-12th in the scoring charts.

It was the highest-scoring season of Lawrence’s professional career, with the versatile forward flourishing under the pressure of Derby’s financial situation.

However, one thing should be taken into consideration, that being that while his stats are good they are not remarkable.

Take fellow Albion signing John Swift for instance, who like Lawrence was embroiled in a relegation battle last season. Despite playing in midfield and technically in a worse team, Swift managed to score as many goals as Lawrence but with a massive 13 assists to boot.

Wallace is a similar story, with the former Millwall man also grabbing 12 assists as well as his tally of six goals.

With Albion already having capable wide players in Wallace and Robinson, with Reach, Matt Phillips, Diangana there to support them, their attacking options look complete.

Lawrence is a very capable player, but it can definitely be argued that Albion cannot fit him in right now.

In other West Brom news, the club are still undecided if Josh Griffiths should head out on loan next season.