Joseph Masi has been speaking on the Baggies Broadcast podcast about where West Brom stand in the Nathan Ferguson transfer battle.
The Baggies had been involved in three separate legal battles concerning Ahmed Hegazy, Ferguson and Louie Barry, in which the Championship club believed they were owed money from Al-Ittihad Jeddah, Crystal Palace and Barcelona respectively.
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News broke last week that Palace, the team that Ferguson joined last summer, were to pay the Baggies £900,000 in compensation given he was signed as a free agent, despite originally agreeing an £8 million transfer fee with West Brom.
Masi has given his knowledge about the situation surrounding Ferguson and the details of the defender’s move to Palace.
“I need to do some real digging into Nathan Ferguson. I want to speak to the EFL; ideally, I’d like to speak to someone who was on the panel.
“From what I understand, it is going to be more than £900,000, but it might not be with how injury-prone he is.
“I think some of it’s to do with amount of games played, appearances for Palace, if he was to go on and play for England. I think at this moment in time, the big one is how many games is the lad actually going to play.”
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If this sort of situation had occurred with just one player, then West Brom could feel a lot more aggrieved, however, the fact that it’s happened with three separate players, may make people think that it could well be something happening on West Brom’s side of things and raise questions over their due diligence before selling players.
Considering their owner, Lai Guochuan, is seemingly unwilling to invest in the first team and the club did not sign one player for a transfer fee over the summer, you would think that the club would do all they can to ensure any players sold are able to leave having brought in an acceptable transfer fee and that the buying club can afford that fee in the long term.