West Bromwich Albion were on the hunt for midfielders this summer after losing Conor Gallagher to parent club Chelsea, Rekeem Harper to Ipswich Town, Ainsley Maitland-Niles to parent club Arsenal, Sam Field to Queens Park Rangers, Okay Yokuslu to parent club Celta Vigo and Romaine Sawyers to Stoke City.
The Baggies brought in Alex Mowatt from Barnsley and Jayson Molumby from Brighton & Hove Albion, but Matt Law of the Telegraph says they had the opportunity to land a big name from the Premier League. Ross Barkley was offered to West Brom in the final days of the summer transfer window, but his £110k-per-week/£5.7m-a-year wages were a sticking point.
Albion’s relegation to the Championship forced them to be thrifty in the transfer market, so there was no chance they could pay Barkley’s wages. Fans on social media haven’t been fussed about the revelation, however, as few thought it was possible.
Barkley remained at Chelsea when the transfer window shut but has yet to make an appearance this season. The 27-year-old was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Aston Villa, so it remains to be seen if he can get himself some valuable minutes.