Report: Wigan eye loan bid for West Brom's Conor Townsend

Darren Moore head coach

West Bromwich Albion summer signing Conor Townsend could be on the move this month, with their Championship rivals eyeing a bid.

A dejected Conor Townsend of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion v Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns on October 27, 2018 in West...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (14/1; page 59), West Brom defender Conor Townsend is on Wigan Athletic's radar as the Latics consider a loan bid for the full-back.

Townsend moved to The Hawthorns in the summer after a superb spell with Scunthorpe United. But he has struggled to break into Darren Moore's plans due to the very impressive form of Kieran Gibbs.


The 25-year-old has made just four Championship appearances for the Baggies, and he could possibly be on the move this month, with one of their second tier rivals eyeing a potential move.

The Sun on Sunday (14/1; page 59) reports that Wigan are keen on loaning Townsend for the second-half of the campaign with Antonee Robinson currently sidelined due to injury.

Paul Cook ,manager of Wigan Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and Oxford United at DW Stadium on April 17, 2018 in Wigan, England.

It will be interesting to see whether West Brom are open to the idea of loaning Townsend out while they are nicely poised in the Championship promotion race.

Although he is not playing, it is not an area of the pitch where Moore boasts a lot of depth. Chris Brunt is capable of playing in that role if required. But if they lost Gibbs for any substantial period for any reason, perhaps they would end up ruing Townsend's exit if they did loan him out.

27th October 2018, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England; EFL Championship football, West Bromwich Albion versus Blackburn Rovers; Conor Townsend of West Bromwich Albion runs down the wing...

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