Nathan Ferguson has reportedly been handed a new contract offer at West Brom that could see the teenager’s wages increase at least 20-fold in an attempt to keep the defender at the club.
The Athletic claim that the talented teenager, who has exploded onto the Championship scene this season after being handed a first-team start by Slaven Bilic, is of the most interest at West Brom this January with his current contract with the club expiring in the summer, meaning that the 19-year-old defender could leave the Baggies for an absolute steal.
The Sun reported last month that Ferguson could leave West Brom for as little as £300,000 next summer under FIFA ruling that foreign clubs will only need to pay Albion the final jurisdiction of a tribunal, essentially meaning teams outside of the UK only need to pay for a youth compensation fee.
What should West Brom do about Ferguson's contract situation?
Offer him another long-term deal
Sell him on to a Premier League club in January
With Crystal Palace and Tottenham both reportedly interested in the 19-year-old defender in the January window as reported by The Daily Mail, West Brom will need to pick up the pace in tying down Ferguson to a new long-term deal at the club after a great start to life with the Championship side.
As stats from Transfermarkt show, Ferguson has been an essential player for Bilic’s side this season after being surprisingly promoted to the first-team, with the versatile defender making 16 appearances for the Baggies so far this year.
But this latest report from The Athletic is a promising update as it shows that the club are yet to give up on hope for one of their star assets leaving on the cheap, and with West Brom flying in the league as they currently sit top of the Championship table, Ferguson could be tempted to remain with his boyhood club if they continue this fantastic march to Premier League promotion.