West Bromwich Albion are close to appointing a managerial replacement for Sam Allardyce, but they’re also weighing up transfer targets to replace players that have left this summer.

The Baggies look particularly light in midfield following the exits of Sam Field (to Queens Park Rangers), Okay Yokuslu (return to parent club) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (return to parent club), but Chronicle Live say Matty Longstaff might be the solution to their problems.

The 21-year-old has struggled for playing time at Newcastle United and could be available this summer. He made five Premier League appearances last season, spending most of the campaign on the bench, out of the matchday squad or sidelined with injury.

Longstaff would operate in central midfield and is adept at turning over possession, but he could work on his ball retention and having more touches in games. There is a lot of buzz on social media already.

The 21-year-old has plenty of time to develop and might benefit from playing in the Championship to get minutes against easier opposition, but Chronicle Live say West Brom have competition from Middlesbrough, RSC Anderlecht and Norwich City for Longstaff’s signature.

In other news, Josh Griffiths is training hard over the summer as a loan move beckons