West Bromwich Albion have looked good in their efforts to win promotion back to the Premier League next season after a fine start.
Darren Moore’s side will be considered one of the favourites to get out of the Championship at the end of the campaign and playing top-flight football, despite a summer that saw some of their best players leave.
But the additions of men like Dwight Gayle and Harvey Barnes have managed to put the Baggies in a solid standing.
However, Barnes has been attracting plenty of interest from his parent club, Leicester City, with his performances whilst on loan at The Hawthorns this season, which will be causing concern for the Midlands outfit.
The 20-year-old has a clause in his loan deal allowing the Premier League side to recall him and there has been suggestions that could well happen in January.
However, speaking to The Express and Star, West Brom’s technical director, Luke Dowling has revealed that there has been no talk about that particular thing, although admitted there was always a chance it may happen.
“As we speak there’s been no contact from Leicester in terms of him going back,” he told the Express and Star.
“Obviously we speak to them regularly about his development which is natural in any loan.
“In terms of speculation with Harvey going back, we can’t say definitely either way.”
The news that Leicester have not yet spoken to West Brom about the possibility of bringing Barnes back to the King Power Stadium in the winter can be taken in two different ways.
It could be a good thing for those at the Baggies as it may mean that the Foxes do not intend on recalling him, allowing him to continue to help with The Hawthorns outfit’s promotion charge.
However, it will be concerning to those connected with the club that there are still doubts that he could leave earlier than anticipated, as it does not appear that Leicester have fully ruled that option out either.
West Brom will not want to lose Barnes in the winter transfer window, but it may be best that they start looking at putting contingency plans in place, should the worse happen.
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