West Bromwich Albion have a track record when it comes to securing transfers for players from fellow English clubs, either on loan deals or permanently.
One such move which saw the Baggies take one promising young player away from a Premier League club is their 2020 swoop for Grady Diangana.
After originally signing the winger on loan from West Ham United in the summer of 2019, Albion signed him on a permanent deal the following year.
This move caused quite a stir at the London Stadium at the time, as Mark Noble took to Twitter to share his frustrations that the Hammers had let the player leave permanently, showing just how highly Diangana was rated there.
Now that the Baggies are in the midst of another summer transfer window, this period could give the Midlands club the chance to bring in their next version of the 24-year-old in the shape of another young Premier League prodigy.
In April, it was reported that Albion were one of the clubs interested in signing Newcastle United attacker Elliot Anderson.
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With 56 appearances under his belt for Newcastle across their senior and youth teams, the 19-year-old has 23 goals and providing eight assists to his name.
During his loan spell with Bristol Rovers in the second half of last season, Anderson ended up scoring eight times and supplying five assists in 21 League Two appearances as he helped the Gas to win promotion to League One.
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This backs up why Rovers manager Joey Barton hailed the £2.3k-per-week Magpies starlet as “outstanding” during his time at the club. It also mirrors the attacking prowess that Diangana showed throughout the 2019/20 season, when he racked up eight goals and seven assists in 30 Championship appearances as Albion won promotion to the top flight.
Bearing in mind how the Baggies found it rather hard to score at times last season, with West Brom experiencing 18 league games where they failed to find the net, adding a young and eager attacking talent like Anderson could be just what Steve Bruce needs to make his side a more dynamic team going forward.
Taking all this into account, with the player recently saying that he’d be willing to exit St James’ Park in an effort to get more regular playing time, this is something that the Midlands club should be all over before the transfer window shuts.
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