‘Significant’ development in Newcastle’s attempt to recruit West Brom star before 11 p.m. yesterday, according to reports
According to the Express and Star, Tom Fellows’ decision to accept a contract extension with West Brom was “significant” because Newcastle United expressed interest in the 20-year-old.
After Fellows’ breakthrough season in the Championship, the Magpies were reportedly among several clubs keeping an eye on him, according to an online report by the local news outlet on February 2.
The West Brom player’s contract was about to end this summer, but on January 26, the Baggies announced on their official club website that Fellows had agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract extension at The Hawthorns.
It puts the club in a strong position to either turn down any summertime offers or at least be able to bargain for a fair price for the gifted kid.
The Albion academy graduate’s actions will please Carlos Corberan and West Brom supporters.
Instead of trying to force a move out of the West Midlands in January, Fellows decided to devote his future to his boyhood club, despite interest from Premier League clubs, one of which competes as far in England’s top tier as Newcastle.
That narrative would have continued for the remainder of the season and may have halted West Brom’s progress even if he had stayed into January without signing a new contract.
His choice to confirm any leaving rumors and sign a new deal shows how much he cares about the team.
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Fellows, who has scored twice this season in all competitions, will keep trying to support the squad in any way he can as they want to make a run at the Premier League come late in the season.
In other West Brom news, the team turned down a January offer of seven figures for another of its gifted young players.