Allan Nyom's exit opens door for West Brom's Craig Dawson
Albion have stepped up their pursuit of a right-back after letting Allan Nyom join Spanish side Leganes on a season-long loan.
Nyom, who still has two years left in his contract, has returned to La Liga after a tough start to the Championship season.
Baggies boss Darren Moore has been trying to sign a right-back all summer, and is still keen to bring one in before the loan window shuts at the end of the month.
However, Albion have not signed one yet and Craig Dawson could return to the line-up in Nyom’s absence when the Baggies take on Queens Park Rangers this weekend.
Dawson has not featured since he handed in a transfer request in the summer, but Moore is contemplating playing him tomorrow.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Allan,” said Moore. “We wish Allan every success going forward because he’s been a wonderful player here.
“The fans and everybody here has taken to his playing style and personality.
“He’s done really well for us but the opportunity to experience football elsewhere was too much for him.
“The offer was right for the football club. He’s been in La Liga before so he understands it.
“He wanted go and play football and hopefully he’ll make a success of it.”
Nyom tweeted a good luck message to Albion following the announcement.
It read: "Good luck to my team-mates and the staff at West Brom for the rest of the season.
"To all the fans: I am one of you. I will be supporting the team every single game whilst I’m on loan in Spain, let’s get back to the Premier League"
His exit strengthens Moore's desire to sign a right-back this summer.
“Right-back is a position we are looking to strengthen as are other areas of the team,” added the head coach.
“If the right players become available to move this club forward, then we’ll be very much interested.
“We have targets in mind. As close as they are, they’re still far off because until they put pen to paper in this industry they’re not signed.”
The Baggies have been frustrated in their pursuit so far.
Moore pulled out of a deal for Luton Town’s Jack Stacey in order to sign Tom James from Yeovil Town.
A £400,000 fee was agreed with the Glovers before the deal fell through because James failed his medical.
Albion then had a bid of £1.8m rising to £3m for Rangers captain James Tavernier rejected, and have also been interested in Crystal Palace full-back Joel Ward.
But when Moore was asked if Ward was one of his targets, he said: “For me to comment on players would be wrong.
“It’s an area of the team we’re looking to strengthen, but it would be wrong for me to speak about particular players.”
Nyom’s departure could open the door for Dawson’s return this weekend.
Although he played at centre-back under Moore towards the end of last season he’s spent most of his time at the Baggies at right-back.
“He’s played that position before,” said Moore. “He can play right back or centre back, it’s good to have that option.
“It’s a possibility. We know we’ve got that cover for that spot if we need to call upon it.”
Shortly before James failed his medical, Albion loaned 18-year-old right-back Kane Wilson to Walsall. But Moore insisted he didn’t regret the decision.
“No, Kane needs to go on loan for his development,” he said. “We’re delighted to have him at Walsall.
“He’s got a wonderful bright future, he needed to go out on loan. He’s made massive strides at Exeter in League Two, now he’s gone to League One at Walsall and that will aid his development further.
“We feel being at Walsall is the right opportunity at the right time.”