West Bromwich Albion reportedly tested Ipswich Town’s young centre-back Albie Armin on trial last week ahead of a potential summer move.
What’s the update?
Armin, who can also play at left-back, is 18 years old and has been with Ipswich since he was eight. He signed his first professional contract at Portman Road in 2021 and will become a free agent at the end of this season.
The defender has an excellent passing range and has had four senior appearances for The Tractor Boys; three in the EFL Trophy.
Ipswich outlet TWTD has reported in the last 48 hours that Armin is to be released by the club in the summer.
The youngster is on the lookout for a new club, and he spent last week on trial with West Brom’s development squad. It appears that he is in demand, as the report states that he is now with Premier League side Brentford’s B team.
Could Armin join West Brom for the upcoming season?
It would seem that West Brom made their first move for a potential swoop for Armin by taking him on trial. Links to Motherwell’s Max Johnston suggest that teenage additions are on the cards for the club this summer.
Should a move go ahead, Armin would probably link up with the club’s U21 side. West Brom’s U21s have only two centre-backs and just one left-back in their team, according to Transfermarkt, so there could be room for the youngster as he continues to develop in the Midlands.
West Brom has an outside chance of making the Premier League via the play-offs in the upcoming weeks. Ipswich is pushing for promotion to the second tier, so both could face each other in the 2023/24 campaign.
It’s worth keeping an eye on how the negotiations are affected by the season’s climax, as well as how Armin fared during his trial at West Brom.