West Brom set to sanction goalkeeper transfer ahead of new season – reports


Promising West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffiths could be about to join teammate Finn Azaz at Cheltenham Town.

The League Two side snapped up midfielder Azaz from Albion on a season-long loan deal, ahead of the forthcoming campaign, and Cheltenham also have an interest in bringing Griffiths to Whaddon Road.

Griffiths, who turns 19 next month, broke into the Albion U23s last term, competing with the now released Brad House.

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In that time, the teenager – whose potential has been recognised by Slaven Bilic previously – took part in six matches last term, and kept clean sheets in five of those appearances as Albion finished the season strongly under Deon Burton’s watchful eye.

Indeed Griffiths saved a penalty at Bodymoor Heath as the Baggies prevailed at Aston Villa in a local derby back in February.

The possibility of being offered minutes at senior level on a regular basis could prove to be particularly beneficial to Griffiths, should the move to Cheltenham transpire; you need only look at the success fellow stopper Alex Palmer enjoyed in League Two last term, as he earned promotion with Plymouth Argyle before being rewarded with a new long-term deal at his parent club.

Indeed GloucestershireLive add that Griffiths would arrive as the Robins’ first choice keeper, after regular Scott Flinders, who has missed almost the entirety of Cheltenham’s games in 2020 after breaking his leg.

Griffiths signed a four-year contract at The Hawthorns last year, amid interest from elsewhere. He’s also had a look-in for England U20s.

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