By Noel Whelan

8th Sep, 2020 | 2:40pm

'A lot of money' - Exclusive: Whelan baulks as West Brom close to signing prolific striker

Noel Whelan baulked at West Brom potentially paying Huddersfield £16million for Karlan Grant and claimed that he values the striker at nearer the £10million mark.

The former Leeds United and Coventry forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, said that the Baggies would be taking a “risk” if they signed the 22-year-old given that he is unproven in the Premier League.

Football Insider revealed on Friday that the newly-promoted side were confident of reaching an agreement with Huddersfield this week for a fee of £16million plus add-ons.

Grant scored an impressive 19 goals in 43 Championship appearances last term and was vital to the Terriers avoiding relegation.

Football Insider understands that Slaven Bilic’s side are in talks to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney and remain interested in Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi.

When asked by Football Insider if Grant was overpriced at £16million, Whelan said:

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“It is a lot of money for a player that did well in a bad side last year. £16million is probably a bit too much. I value Grant at around the £10-12million mark. That would have been about right for a player of his quality.

“He is not proven in the Premier League but if West Brom are willing to pay that price it is not the player’s fault but there will be a lot of pressure on him to grab the goals.

“I would not pay £16million for him but clearly West Brom want to. It might turn out to be a fantastic signing but I think it is a risk.”

Grant does have some top-flight experience under his belt – he scored four goals in 13 Premier League appearances for Huddersfield in the 2018/19 campaign.

The Baggies welcome Leicester City to The Hawthorns on Sunday as their Premier League season begins.

In other West Brom news, it can be REVEALED that the Baggies have been in contact with Rangers over forward signing.