Matt Phillips has failed to create a chance in nine of his 14 Premier League appearances this season, Grady Diangana hasn’t done so in his last nine league appearances and Callum Robinson has failed to create a chance in 11 of his 16 league outings, so it’s not surprising that West Bromwich Albion are in the market for a reliable winger.
According to various reports, they are already considering a move for Robert Snodgrass from West Ham United and Duncan Watmore from Middlesbrough, but the Daily Mirror (5/1, p.47) reported (via The Boot Room) that Demarai Gray is on their transfer wishlist. The Baggies may have to battle with Southampton, Leeds United and Sheffield United for his signature, though.
The speedy 24-year-old, who was in the Premier League’s top 10 fastest players in 2017, looks to be on his way out of Leicester City as he has only made two appearances in all competitions this season.
Gray finds himself behind Marc Albrighton, Harvey Barnes and Cengiz Under in the pecking order at the Foxes and is out of contract in just under six months’ time, so Leicester might want to cash in now rather than lose him for nothing in the coming months.
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Despite the lack of game-time for Gray in recent months, his manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the application of the winger, saying: “It’s pretty clear with Demarai that he’s looking to move on. His attitude to training has been first class, he has been very professional.”
In that case, Albion may not need to worry about the 24-year-old’s motivation to keep them in the division if they bring him to The Hawthorns – but that’s if they can fend off some stiff competition for his signature.