Crystal Palace have set their sights on Nathan Ferguson as a late January signing with the Eagles keen to bring in cover at right-back this month.
According to The Evening Standard, Palace have shifted their attention from Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker-Peters to the West Brom teenager, with Roy Hodgson desperate to find a long-term replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United last summer for a reported fee of £50m.
With Ferguson’s deal at the Baggies expiring this summer, West Brom could look to cash in on their talented teenager, who is yet to put pen to paper on a new contract with his local club despite being handed new terms with a £20,000-per-week basic wage as reported by The Athletic.
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The 19-year-old fullback is free to discuss pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs, yet with Ferguson featuring heavily for West Brom this, with stats from WhoScored showing that the youngster has made 20 Championship appearances for Slaven Bilic’s side, the Albion will likely prefer moving on the teenage defender for a somewhat sizeable fee this month rather than lose him for nothing.
And West Brom seem to already be planning for their future after Ferguson, with the Baggies reportedly being interested in the likes of the aforementioned Walker-Peters as well as offering former Swansea City left-back Martin Olsson a two-week trial at the club, with Bilic currently short on fullback options heading into the second half of the season.
With the prospect of losing out Ferguson for free a real possibility, West Brom would be wise to cash in on the defender this month should an offer come in for the teenage fullback as it will allow the club to quickly reinvest the funds into a replacement defender before the end of this transfer window.