West Brom transfer latest as star rejects Premier League move and Reading star linked
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Football Insider claim that the Baggies are intereted in signing Guiness-Walker, though Blackburn Rovers also hold an interest. The report adds that senior players at the League One club have been told they may be sold to raise funds and already ex-West Brom striker Andy Carroll has reportedly been made available for transfer.
Guinness-Walker has so far played three games for Reading this season but was not in the squad for their wins over Cheltenham Town and Stevenage. Reading have opted to play Matty Carson ahead of him, and that could pave the way for the 23-year-old to leave the Madesjki Stadium.
He is a left-back by trade and could fill in at the wing-back role which Matt Phillips filled in at in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United on Friday night. Connor Townsend had played in the left win-back position against Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City before being dropped against the Whites.
Guinness-Walker to date has made 131 appearances inprofessional football, and made 28 Championship appearances last term for Reading. He has mainly featured in League One, and got five assists and three goals in 84 league matches for AFC Wimbledon.
Meanwhile, Friday’s man-of-the-match Alex Palmer has revealed that he rejected a move to play-off winners Luton Town earlier this summer.
The Hatters had been on the search for a goalkeeper to provide competition to Thomas Kaminski who was signed from Blackburn Rovers. Palmer, along with the likes of Birmingham City shot-stopper John Ruddy had been linked, but the Premier League new boys ended up signing Tim Krul.
Palmer however has revealed Luton's approach and why he didn't make the move Kennilworth Road this summer. He said to the Express and Star: “Every player wants to play in the Premier League, but for me it just wasn’t right.
"Being so long here and to achieve being number one now, it’s something that was too soon to leave.
“I want to achieve promotion and get us back to the Premier League, that’s my ultimate dream, to achieve that with West Brom.
“It’s one of those ones, I’ve just got to make sure it’s not the last opportunity I get.
“I’ve got to keep working hard and my ultimate aim is to play in the Premier League, ideally with West Bromwich Albion.
“It’s nice to be recognised, but it’s down to a lot of people behind the scenes, especially those I came up with.”
In other news, West Brom have been told they have an allocation of 3,414 tickets for their Championship clash with Bristol City next month. West Brom face the Robins on Saturday, September 6 (3.00 pm) KO and it is their first game back after the first international break of the campaign.
Tickets are priced at £35 for adults, £31 for seniors and Under-25's, and then Under-27's are £27, Under-19's are priced at £15 and Under-21's are £10. No tickets will be made available on the day of the game, and ticktets have already gone on sale to Away Members.
In other news, as reported by BirminghamWorld earlier today, ex-Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster has today called time on his 20-year playing career. The 40-year-old announced this morning that despite signing a one-year contract with Wrexhamm, he would be retiring with immedite effect.
He said on Instagram: “I think the timing is right, I feel sometimes you just have to be honest with yourself, brutally honest with yourself and just admit you can’t really do what you used to do and it is a shame but I think being 40-years-old it’s kind of expected as well.
“I feel like there has probably been four or five goals already this season that I should be saving. It is weird because goals are going in and I’m thinking: ‘You should have saved that, how haven’t you saved that?’ And I think that’s the reason why I am retiring and I just know I can’t do what I used to do.
“As I say, it’s a shame but that is the way it goes, it comes to us all there is no shame in admitting that but I do want to say a massive thank you to every single one of you fans, every one of my teammates, the owners, the coaching staff, the manager - it’s been an absolute pleasure and an honour.”