On the subject of West Brom potentially signing Yokuslu and Diagne on permanent deals this summer, Masi had this to say on the matter. (50.32)
He said: “I don’t think so to be honest. I think, from what I understand, they’ve both got options, but they’re both on Premier League survival.
“I’m sure Albion will try and get deals done for them if they do go down, but I think it’d be a very, very, very big ask financially.
“If they carry on like this, they’ll have options in the Premier League, so I think it’d be very, very difficult.”
As mentioned earlier, the Baggies signed the duo during the previous January transfer window. Yokuslu joined from Spanish club Celta Vigo, whereas Diagne joined from Turkish club Galatasaray for a loan fee of £1.42 million.
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Given how the pair are currently two of West Brom’s highest-rated players in their squad after having just a handful of games between them in the Premier League, this shows just how well the duo have done since arriving at the Hawthorns and why the question of permanent deals for them has been raised.
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In our view, if Sam Allardyce’s side were somehow able to avoid relegation this season, this would presumably give them an advantage in signing the duo permanently if the club decides they want to keep them on a permanent basis.
However, with the Baggies currently sat in 19th place in the league table, 11 points behind Newcastle United in 17th place with 25 games played, it would take a miracle if they managed to keep their place in the top-flight for next season.