West Bromwich Albion are exploring the option of bringing in Aston Villa midfielder Calum Chambers on loan until the end of the season, according to talkSPORT.
The 29-year-old has struggled at Villa Park since making the move to the West Midlands from Arsenal in 2022, making just 31 appearances. However, this season has seen him completely fall out of favour with manager Unai Emery and he is yet to feature in the Premier League.
The former Gunners boss confirmed last month that the midfielder would be allowed to depart the club should the right offer come in. It now appears as if a move across Birmingham is on the cards following the emergence of West Brom’s interest.
The Baggies are well in the mix for the play-off places in the Championship and they currently sit fifth in the table. However, with two defeats in their last three games, their place in the top six looks under threat.
Manager Carlos Corberan is keen to strengthen his squad before tonight’s deadline and it was reported earlier today that they are closing in on the signing of Celtic winger Mikey Johnston. The Spaniard has already secured the services of Andreas Weimann and Callum Marshall from Bristol City and West Ham United respectively on temporary deals during the winter transfer window.
Chambers has never played outside of the Premier League but had a big reputation during the early stages of his career at Southampton. His performances caught the eye of Arsenal, who swooped to secure his services in a big-money move in 2014. He also earned his first England call-up, earning three caps in the same year.
He was highly regarded at the Emirates during his early years in North London, although soon found himself on the fringes of the squad. Loan moves to Middlesbrough and Fulham were both considered successes, but he eventually joined Villa after falling out of favour under Mikel Arteta.
West Brom face neighbours Birmingham City on Saturday, where Chambers could make his first league appearance of the season.
Chambers’ career has been an odd on. So highly-rated during his early years, it’s fair to say that the past few seasons have been a disaster and he will be looking to make an impression at the Hawthorns should a move materialise.
It’s a no-risk scenario for West Brom. If it works out, they have a hugely talented player on their hands that could help them secure a top six finish. If it doesn’t, they can pack him back to Villa Park where he can see out the remainder of his contract, which is set to expire in 2025. Carlos Corberan will be hoping for the former though.