West Bromwich Albion To Miss Out On Signing After “Formal Discussions”

West Bromwich Albion could be set to miss out on the signing of Leeds United winger Ian Poveda this summer after recent developments in the transfer saga, according to the latest reports.

The Baggies are set for a rebuild this summer, with a number of players heading for the exit door. Nathaniel Chalobah, Matt Phillips, Adam Reach, Yann M’Vila, Erik Pieters and Martin Kelly have all left the club as free agents as the board sought to cut down on the average age of the squad.

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None of the outgoing players, apart from Phillips, were key first-teamers under head coach Carlos Corberan, but will still need to be replaced in order to bolster the squad’s depth. So far, West Bromwich Albion are yet to make a single signing in the summer transfer window which has been open for exactly one week now.

Nevertheless, it looks likely that Corberan will remain at The Hawthorns ahead of the 2024/25 campaign as Burnley, who had placed the Spaniard on their list of potential replacements for Vincent Kompany, are closing in on the appointment of former Manchester United centre-forward Ruud van Nistelrooy.

As a result, business can now take place to strengthen the first-team with Corberan at the helm. One player that the Spanish coach was keen to reunite with was Leeds star Poveda, whom he had worked with during his time as the assistant to Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

However, these hopes of signing the Colombia international are reportedly set to be dashed as the Sheffield Star have revealed that fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have entered into “formal discussions” with Poveda, having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Owls.

Writer’s View

It seems quite surprising that the 24-year-old winger would choose to move permanently to Hillsborough this summer over the chance to join West Bromwich Albion under his former coach and potentially fight for a return to the Premier League.

Nonetheless, perhaps Poveda is excited by the South Yorkshire club’s project under Danny Rohl after last season’s heroics and feels as though his best shot at receiving regular first-team football will be with Sheffield Wednesday, so it’s back to the drawing board for the Baggies.

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