Carlton Palmer has admitted it will prove “very difficult” for West Brom to keep hold of Tom Fellows amid interest from Everton in signing him.
Speaking to Football League World on Friday (12 January), the pundit said his “mind boggles” that the Baggies have allowed themselves to get into this situation after Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted on Wednesday (10 January) that the Toffees are eyeing a potential move for the 20-year-old when his contract runs out in the summer.
Palmer admitted that Premier League clubs will be able to offer the English winger a “huge salary”, potentially more than double what the Championship outfit can afford to give him.
“Everton are the latest club, it has emerged, to show interest in signing West Brom’s talented youngster Tom Fellows this January transfer window,” said Palmer. “The 20-year-old’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
“The youngster has featured in 14 Championship games so far this season for West Bromwich Albion and the manager Corberan has hailed his importance to the squad. West Bromwich Albion need to get a deal agreed quickly, but that is going to prove very difficult now with a Premier League club sniffing around him.
“The Premier League clubs can offer him a huge salary, more than double West Bromwich Albion [can], and then loan him back out to the Championship.
“My mind boggles how West Brom could have allowed this situation to occur and get into this position.”
This is a piece of business that probably wouldn’t really excite the Everton fans, but it does sound as though their interest is only minor at the moment.
It’s the right move for the club to be scouring the lower leagues for any potential bargains and they’ve probably just realised that Fellows could be a relatively low-risk signing when his contract expires.
After spending last season out on loan with Crawley Town in League Two, he’s made 17 appearances for West Brom during this campaign.
He has, however, only started two games under Carlos Corberan this season – both of which came in the Baggies’ past two outings – to suggest that he probably wouldn’t quite be ready for a step up to the Premier League.
But it’s certainly worthwhile for the Blues to keep an eye on his progress in the second half of the campaign as he could prove to be a real bargain down the line.