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Darren Moore simply must move ASAP in bid to lure Karlan Grant to West Brom

Darren Moore simply must move ASAP in bid to lure Karlan Grant to West Brom

According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, Karlan Grant looks set for a move away in this month’s transfer window. The 21-year-old currently plays his football at League One outfit Charlton Athletic having come up through the ranks at the Valley, with his impressive goal-scoring exploits for the Addicks this season seemingly attracting interest from some teams higher up the Football League pyramid.

And that’s because a recent report from The Daily Mail suggests that Huddersfield Town are nearing a deal to sign the forward for a reported £2 million, but with Darren Moore’s West Brom also believed (as per The Daily Mail) to be keen on Grant, the Baggies simply have to move now to lure the highly-rated youngster to the Hawthorns.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, a move to Premier League outfit Huddersfield is something of a risk given their current plight in the top-flight, what with the Terriers sat bottom of the division and ten points adrift of safety to suggest that they are likely to be playing in the second tier next season.

And while that would still represent a step up for 21-year-old Grant given he has played the last few years in either League One or League Two, a move to Moore’s West Brom, who harbour ambitions of a Premier League return this season, may turn out to be a much better and more rewarding move for the forward.

The Baggies are currently sat third in the Championship table courtesy of their 2-0 success over Bolton Wanderers on Monday night, and given they are the highest goal-scorers in the second tier this term with 57 goals from their 28 matches, Grant is sure to get ample opportunities to score and thus make a name for himself at the Hawthorns.

Significantly, the Midlanders themselves would be getting one of the stand-out players outside of the top two leagues in England over the past few seasons, what with the 21-year-old having shone in both League One and League Two to underline his undoubted potential.

The Englishman may have struggled for goals at Charlton in the first half of last season, netting on just four occasions for the London club, but a loan spell at fourth tier side Crawley Town helped rediscover his confidence in front of goal given he bagged nine goals in just 15 appearances for Harry Kewell’s side to help them to a 14th place finish in League Two.

And Grant has made the step up to League One seamlessly this time round upon return to Charlton, scoring a mightily impressive 14 goals in just 27 league games for Lee Bowyer’s promotion-chasing side, with John Marquis (16) and Josh Maja (15) the only men to have netted more than the 21-year-old in the third tier this term.

Clearly then, Grant appears destined for big things in the game given his remarkable upturn in goal-scoring in the last few years, and while West Brom have two of the leading scorers in the Championship in Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez on their books, the Charlton man represents a great option for the future, while he’ll also learn a great deal from the extremely prolific duo to take into his own game.

Thus, despite Huddersfield reportedly (as per The Daily Mail) closing in on Grant’s signature, their predicament at the foot of the Premier League table suggests that the door could still be upon for another side, perhaps with a greater long-term outlook, to make a move for the 21-year-old.

And with West Brom reportedly (as per The Daily Mail) keen on the forward as well, Moore must move as soon as possible in a bid to lure him to the Hawthorns.

West Brom fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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