Crystal Palace are preparing to offer £2m for West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson, according to The Sun (28 June, page 61).
Ferguson’s contract with the Baggies is due to expire at the end of this month, but as he is under 23 years of age (19), an interested club will have to settle a fee for the player at a tribunal.
However, the Eagles are looking to bypass a potentially hefty tribunal fee by offering £2m to buy him outright; and whilst this may seem a lot for a Free Agent, it pales in comparison to the £11m they had agreed to sign him for back in January.
That deal was called off on Deadline Day after a lingering foot injury was discovered as Ferguson underwent his medical. Palace backed out of negotiations as a result.
If the bid does materialise then it is more than likely that Albion will turn it down. Palace’s offer may look enticing at first sight, but the Baggies will expect to receive considerably more at a tribunal.
Naturally Albion will still be disappointed that negotiations fell through in January when they could have received £11m for their talented youngster, but this is a topic that will be raised and considered at the tribunal, which could mean West Brom will receive a fee close to this amount.
West Brom will most likely be seeking a figure above £8m — the price tag they had initially set for Ferguson in January.