West Brom and Leeds United learn key update as Baggies plans transfer raid in Newcastle


Interest of Dwight Gayle West Bromwich Albion has been linked to a surprising transfer target.

Slaven Bilic’s men are currently aiming for promotion to the Premier League and are ranked second on the championship table.

However, that hasn’t stopped the Baggies from becoming interested in recruiting, with many links emerging in recent weeks.

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The latest “move” could also be a cause for celebration for West Brom fans.

According to Peterborough Today, Albion is serious about bringing former loan player Dwight Gayle back to the club.

Gayle helped defeat Darren Moore and James Shan in the playoffs with his 24 goals scored in just over 40 appearances.

However, West Brom and their Premier League hopes were challenged by their local rivals, Aston Villa, last season, and any hopes of signing Gayle – who was thrown out in the fateful first leg match – permanently.

Despite losing to Newcastle, Gayle has trained in the good books of Toon’s current boss Steve Bruce and has scored against Villa and Bournemouth since returning from the Premier League.

West Brom should return to Newcastle level to consider a serious offer.

In other news, the Baggies have been linked to Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi – Slaven Bilic with a keen interest in strengthening his strike options.

Behind closed doors …

West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United will have to guarantee their promotion goal in the Premier League if fans of the two clubs want to find their teams more quickly.

The two clubs are currently competing for the title, and a Premier League spot could be quite the key to getting active home support for West Brom.

Since the return of football, matches have taken place behind closed doors – but that may soon change.

According to our sister title, football.london, some sports – and some leagues – could open their doors to fans in August or at the start of the new season.

It would not be a complete distribution of fans, and measures of social distancing will always take place – but it is a start.

There are still hoops to cross.

Beforehand, “observing” programs should be set up to test public gatherings following the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

The Premier League is considered to be one of the “certain leagues” mentioned above that will not reveal any news regarding the fate of spectators in second-level matches.

Which would mean that if fans of West Brom and Leeds want to watch their club play Hawthorns or Elland Road sooner than later, they will likely have to reach their promotional campaign goal.

Albion beat Sheffield on Wednesday to maintain a five-point spread in third place – and a playoff spell – with Leeds leading the table after a 1-1 draw with Luton.

The Baggies will face Hull City on Sunday, while Leeds will face Blackburn on Saturday.

The two meetings will of course take place behind closed doors and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Bilic’s alignment decision

The strength of Slaven Bilic’s hand was revealed in Sheffield on Wednesday.

Few players can play with seasoned and seasoned players in the league, as Bilic did in Hillsborough; indeed, for Dominic Iorfa and the other Owls defenders, the last thing you want to see after seeing Grady Diangana is the introduction of Callum Robinson and Kamil Grosicki.

A number were missing here too; Matt Phillips, Kenneth Zohore and Kyle Edwards all made their way as Bilic refreshed his bench, also very successfully.

Maybe the only thing you could understand is that Albion should really have made a comeback in the second half – there was a fourth goal for them, and a fifth and sixth beyond.

Now Bilic has some real decisions to make for Hull’s entertainment this weekend.

“Callum, Grosicki, Hal … okay, Kamil was not involved in the first two games, but if you ask me about them, they are part of the team,” said Bilic.

“They didn’t play worse than others, or it wasn’t that they weren’t good enough, but tonight, what pleased me even more than the result was their performance.

“Callum, Hal, Grosicki … wow. Sensational. And Charlie, and Grady, and Matheus and Filip. Now we have it. We never doubted us, but it’s the end of the season and you need results. ”

There were also some surprise omissions.

Captain Jake Livermore was believed to have struck since the restart, but arrived on the field as a late replacement.

Almost always present, the missing semi-Ajayi center half was perhaps more of an eyebrow lift an hour before kickoff, when the teams were announced.

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Kyle Bartley lined up alongside Ahmed Hegazi in the baseline, and the result was a clean sheet and denial of Connor Wickham in form and generally a predator of Jordan Rhodes.

However, Bilic had a very clear message for Ajayi, who has been a resounding success since his transfer from Rotherham United last summer.

“Yes, even if I told Semi before the match – don’t consider yourself abandoned. In matches against Birmingham and Brentford, if we were something, we were solid, “added Bilic.

“We needed a change. Barts is a leader. It’s not only his performance, but he influences the people around him. Semi has had some good games.

“We have made some changes; Barts, Rekeem Harper was mature, instrumental, without the ball our best player, with big legs, movement and energy.

“He was also composed on the ball. I liked the performance. Everyone gave it their all – that’s what you expect, but you can still collapse under pressure, and we haven’t. ”


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