West Bromwich Albion sporting director has told the Baggies’ official website that Nathan Ferguson will be leaving the Championship leaders this summer on a free – amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Ferguson, 19, has broken into Slaven Bilic’s side this season – helping the Baggies sit in top spot with just eight Championship matches still to play. He has clocked up 21 appearances in all competitions, either side of a serious knee injury.
Football London claim Crystal Palace came close to signing Ferguson in January for £11million, only for said injury to scupper a move. The same report claims Tottenham and Arsenal are also interested in the player, with Palace remaining keen.
Now, Dowling has confirmed that the England Under-20 international Ferguson is now set to leave the Hawthorns on June 30. Dowling stated that the Championship side had offered Ferguson a new deal, but stated Ferguson wants to leave the club.
“We have made what can only be considered a very attractive offer to Nathan but he intends to pursue his career elsewhere,” Ferguson said. “It’s a disappointment for everyone here but it is the player’s prerogative.”
TBR’s view – Palace, Tottenham or Arsenal?
It remains to be seen if Arsenal are to complete a deal for Cedric Soares, who only remains on loan at the Gunners until the end of the season – with the Southampton star’s contract expiring at the end of the campaign.
If Cedric signs and Hector Bellerin remains, Arsenal will not need Ferguson. But if they go after Ferguson, Cedric is likely to leave. Tottenham and Palace, meanwhile, both desperately need a right-sided defender.
All three need Ferguson, but a move to Spurs would see him in with a chance of starting for one of England’s best clubs.