Sunday’s round-up of the latest Championship rumours sees West Brom lay out their plans for next season, while Middlesbrough have been handed an update on a striker target and Blackburn have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of a highly rated Premier League youngster.
West Brom reveal more cautious approach to transfer plans
Baggies technical director Luke Dowling says the club have learned lessons from last season and have clear plans for whichever division they are in next season.
Dowling, who arrived in the summer of 2018, admits the club attacked the market on the presumption of a quick return to the Premier League, but came up short following play off defeat to rivals Aston Villa.
This season, despite sitting second in the Championship table with nine matches to play, Dowling says the club are prepared for all eventualities.
“Last year, I think we got it wrong. We were only looking at players for the Premier League and probably got ahead of ourselves,” he said.
“This time we are trying to be calm. Things will look a lot better if we are a Premier League club but you have to be prepared and have lists for both scenarios.”
Middlesbrough receive update on striker target
Boro have been told in no uncertain terms that a big bid will be needed if they are to prise Ivan Toney away from Peterborough.
The club are reportedly keen on the striker who has scored 24 times for the League One side so far this campaign, and already expressed a desire for his signature in January.
However, Posh’s director of football Barry Fry has emphatically said they won’t be letting their prized asset leave for a low fee.
“We are fortunate enough to be better off than most so Ivan won’t be leaving on the cheap. He is under contract to us for another season.” Fry told Peterborough Today.
Blackburn blow in chase for Liverpool prospect
Rovers will reportedly miss out on a chance to potentially sign Liverpool wonderkid Curtis Jones on loan next season.
Jones, 19, was said to be a target for Tony Mowbray’s side, however, the 72 report the player is part of Jurgen Klopp’s first team plans next season and will remain at Anfield.
Despite sitting 10th in the league, Rovers are just three points off the playoffs, and were hoping to add Jones to their squad to give him first team action, whatever division they are in.
The England youth international has already impressed in the Liverpool first eleven this year, scoring in FA Cup ties against both Everton and Shrewsbury.