Report: Derby, Preston and Sheffield Wednesday made Saul Shotton bids

Phillip Cocu, Manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Swansea City at Pride Park Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Derby, England.

Saul Shotton is reportedly set for West Brom but Championship rivals Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End are all interested.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Bromwich Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at the City Ground, Nottingham on Saturday 3rd August...

Derby County, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday all made bids to sign free agent Saul Shotton before the highly-rated defender agreed to join West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal, according to the Mail.

One of the most promising young centre-backs in the Football League is set to arrive at the Hawthorns later this week.

 

Shotton has been without a club since crisis-ridden Bury were expelled from League One in late August but the 18-year-old certainly hasn’t been short of offers in the last few weeks.

The Mail claims that Preston, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday were all interested in offering the one-time Stoke City youngster the chance to prove himself at Championship level – though West Brom are expected to announce his signing later in the week.

Phillip Cocu, Manager of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Swansea City at Pride Park Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Derby, England.

The likes of Nathan Ferguson, Kyle Edwards and Grady Diangana have been key players for Slaven Bilic this season and the Croatian’s willingness to give youth a chance means Shotton should be confident of having a big role to play at West Brom going forward.

Shotton played just four games for Bury as they sealed promotion from League Two last season and it remains to be seen whether he can better that tally during his debut season at The Hawthorns.

General View of The Hawthorns before the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich on Saturday 9th March 2019.

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