The Whites and Premier League side Watford had approached Bury over a potential transfer in the summer (Sky Sports), but saw their offers rebuffed. However, Shotton’s League One side failing to secure a new owner before the EFL’s deadline has left the teenager as a free agent.
Shotton had emerged from the youth ranks at Bury after moving to the Greater Manchester outfit from home town side Stoke City in 2017 (TransferMarkt), and made his senior debut under Lee Clark that September in an EFL Trophy tie at home to Rochdale.
The 18-year-old centre-half later started four consecutive League One encounters at the end of the season in the heart of Ryan Lowe’s backline, following a second change in manager mid-way through the campaign after Chris Lucketti was relieved of his duties (BBC).
Shotton had no part to play in Bury’s 2018/19 League Two campaign as they secured promotion back into the third-tier as runners up to Lincoln City, though, but had attracted the interest of Watford and Leeds who both saw offers rejected.
However, Shotton has become a free agent in line with Bury’s expulsion from the Football League, and has agreed to a two-year contract with West Brom following an appearance in a reserve team game for Albion last week.
Leeds missing out on Shotton while a free agent will likely come as a blow to manager Marcelo Bielsa and Director of Football Victor Orta, as the Whites’ leaders must have seen the potential the centre-back prospect has in store to issue an official approach in the summer.
The Elland Road outfit also parted ways with potential future centre-back options in Aapo Halme to Barnsley and Paudie O’Connor at the end of his contract during the recent window (TransferMarkt), leaving Pascal Struijk as the leading contender to break out of Carlos Corberan’s U23s ranks while Conor Shaughnessy is with Mansfield Town on loan.
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