West Bromwich Albion are facing an uphill battle to keep hold of 20-year-old midfielder Tom Fellows due to interest from Leicester City and Southampton, according to reports.
Fellows broke through into the Baggies’ first team two seasons ago, making four appearances in the Championship during the 2021/22 campaign but was sent out on loan to League Two outfit Crawley Town last season to gain invaluable experience.
Upon returning, the youngster has featured six times under head coach Carlos Corberan this term, including five substitute appearances in the league. Most recently, Fellows came off the bench during West Brom’s 3-1 win over Hull City last weekend.
However, the player’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season and the West Midlands club could lose Fellows for free should they fail to tie him down to a new deal.
According to The Daily Mail, Championship leaders Leicester City and promotion-hopefuls Southampton are keeping tabs on Fellows’ situation at the Hawthorns and will look to sign the West Brom academy product when the January transfer window opens.
Nevertheless, the report also states that West Brom are hoping to fend off any suitors by offering Fellows a new contract to avoid losing him within the next seven months. Amid the Baggies’ takeover process, the prospective new owners want to keep hold of Fellows.
Fellows had the opportunity to leave on loan once more during the summer but Corberan personally vetoed the decision to maintain ideal squad depth.
The player is said to be on £6,000 per week at West Bromwich Albion, earning £312,000 each year.
Fellows’ game-time has been limited this season so West Brom could struggle to keep hold of the 20-year-old, especially when major players like Leicester and Southampton are interested.
If the Baggies want to hold onto Fellows, Corberan will need to start handing him more minutes to prove that he has big plans for the youngster in the future.