Nathan Ferguson to depart as West Brom publish released and retained list
Nathan Ferguson will leave Albion next week, the club has confirmed.
Despite the 2019/20 season still having a month to run, the Baggies have today published their released and retained list to ensure the players they are letting to go can begin the process of finding a new club.
Chris Brunt, Gareth Barry, Lee Peltier and Jonathan Bond – whose deals were due to expire this month – have all agreed contract extensions to stay until the end of the campaign.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, however, has left The Hawthorns after deciding not to extend his terms.
Meanwhile, Jack Fitzwater and Kane Wilson are amongst the high profile youngsters who have been told they are now free to find a new club.
Although Ferguson's departure was expected, it will still frustrate fans who had hoped the talented defender would do a u-turn and commit his future to the club.
Despite lucrative terms being on the table, the 19-year-old has refused to hold contract talks with the Baggies all season despite being thrust into the first-team by head coach Slaven Bilic at the beginning of the campaign.
Ferguson had been set to join Crystal Palace in January after the two clubs agreed an £11million fee with a further £1 million in add-ons.
But the move collapsed at the last minute when the London side picked up a problem with the defender’s knee during his medical.
While other clubs are interested, it is understood Palace are still frontrunners to sign Ferguson – with the fee highly likely to be determined by a tribunal.
Having agreed a £12million package to sell him in January, Albion will hope to get a similar fee when the defender does secure a move elsewhere.
Sporting and technical director Luke Dowling said: "We have made what can only be considered a very attractive offer to Nathan but he intends to pursue his career elsewhere.
“It’s a disappointment for everyone here but it is the player’s prerogative."
On the departures on Fitzwater and Wilson, Dowling added: "Both players are at the stage where they need regular first-team football to advance their careers and we wish them well for the future."
In the under-23 players’ category, Albion have offered new terms to Finn Azaz, Nick Clayton-Phillips, George Harmon, Alex Palmer, Tom Solanke and Rayhaan Tulloch.
But they have decided to release Jack Chambers, Kevin Healy, Brad House, Dan Meredith and Sam Wilding.
Academy manager Richard Stevens said: “Although this will be a challenging time I am sure these boys will have taken a lot from their many years at the academy.
"All of the staff would like to wish them well for their ongoing careers.”
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