The Express and Star have reported that West Brom have opened negotiations with their former academy product, Romaine Sawyers ahead of the new Championship season, with a view of landing the midfielder a contract at the Hawthorns.

Saywers is currently contracted to Brentford and has made 89 appearances for the Bees in the Championship, scoring eight goals from midfield.

The midfielder has been one of the most consistent, impressive performers at Griffin Park over the past two seasons and appears to have won over people at the Baggies who seem interested in organising a deal that would take the midfielder to the Hawthorns ahead of the new season.

Sawyers would be a smart signing by West Brom as he most likely wouldn’t cost an absolute fortune but he would bring real quality to the Baggies midfield and could prove to be a shrewd investment if a deal does happen to go ahead.

The deal seems set to take place on the condition that Belgium International Nacer Chadli leaves West Brom, which seems rather likely given the fact that the midfielder is likely to be on huge wages at West Brom and his performances in the World Cup will have alerted clubs to his availability.

Chadli has a £17m release clause in his contract with the Baggies so as long as a club sees fit to pay the fee for the midfielder, West Brom will have a healthy budget to use and could make Sawyers one of their first purchases with the money – should it come available to Darren Moore.


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