West Bromwich Albion are mulling over a transfer swoop for former Everton winger Korede Adedoyin, according to allnigeriasoccer.com.
The Baggies are among several clubs interested in signing the 19-year-old, with the likes of Stoke City, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday also tracking him.
The Nigeria-born prospect signed his first professional contract with the Toffees in July 2019 following an impressive showing in the U18 Premier League campaign, where he scored 24 goals in 41 matches.
However, the deal was for one year and Everton decided not to extend it last month, meaning that Adedoyin is now a free agent.
Adedoyin primarily plays as a right winger, but can also play as a left winger and even as a striker.
His playing style is what drew comparisons to Wilfried Zaha because of his speed, agility and unorthodox dribbling technique which tended to leave defenders wrong-footed more often than not, opening up chances on goal.
That said, Adedoyin hasn’t played to a level anywhere close to the Premier League yet, only featuring for Everton’s side up to the Under-23s and briefly Hamilton’s Academical in Scotland whilst on loan, so it may be some time before we see him in the senior squad.
If the Baggies can secure his signature, Adedoyin will slot into the Under-23 squad with a view to breaking into the first team over the coming years, being shipped out on loan to League One or Championship clubs in the meantime.
Lastly, although Adedoyin would be signed as a free agent, the buying club will still have to pay Everton a training compensation fee as the player is under the age of 23 — though, thankfully, these fees only tend to be meagre sums of money.
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