West Brom transfer latest as Celtic winger completes medical after AC Milan snub

Latest West Brom transfer news as Carlos Corberan is close to getting his third signing of the winter window.
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West Brom are closing in on the signing of Celtic winger Mikey Johnston, according to a report.

Our friends at the Express & Star say that Johnston will join on a loan deal until the end of the season and has undergone a medical. It is a straight loan and there is no option or obligation to buy the player at the end of the deal.

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The 24-year-old arrives having made 12 appearances in all competitions this season with two goals and two assists. He's been limited to just three starts this season and only played 14 minutes in Celtic's last match which was a 1-0 win over Ross County.

The Baggies had been in the market for a winger having had a bid rebuffed for Johnston's Celtic teammate Liel Abada earlier this month. Carlos Corberan has so far been able to bring in Andi Weimann and Callum Marshall to complement his front line but requires more signings if his team are to maintain their play-off push.

AC Milan winger Chaka Traore was also linked but he is expected to remain in Italy. It was thought that West Brom and Lausanne were the two that had been leading the race but an 11th-hour move from Palermo has seen them both miss out. Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Palermo have won the race to sign him on an initial loan deal but there is an option to buy him at €10m with a 15% resale clause included in the deal.

It is thought that Johnston might not be the only player to arrive on deadline day. A winger was a must given Jeremy Sarmiento's recall and Matt Phillips' injury but a central midfielder could also arrive today. Jayson Molumby has been sidelined for the next few months and will undergo surgery on his foot which will cast in to doubt if he can play any further part in the 2023/2 campaign.

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