By Danny Mills

5th Feb, 2020 | 6:45pm

'Angry and disappointed' - Exclusive: Mills warns West Brom star over prospective transfer

Darren Mills has warned West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson he needs to continue to perform if he wants to reignite a move to the Premier League this summer.

The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says the 19-year-old has to prove he is still worthy of playing top-flight football after the disappointment of the January transfer window.

As revealed by Football Insider, a knee injury saw a proposed move to Crystal Palace fall through late on deadline day, with fellow Premier League side Tottenham now eyeing up a move in the summer.

Mills says that the young talent is likely to be “angry and disappointed” with the situation but warns him that standards cannot slip if he wants a move to happen in the summer.

“He’s got to play well now, simple as that, the onus is on him to make sure that if he wants a move, clubs are interested,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Clubs might be interested in now but if they see him not putting in the effort in the second half of the season, not playing as well, he’ll have fewer opportunities.

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“You’re angry and disappointed but all you can do is come back, knuckle down, work hard, work hard for your club to get them where they want to be and if you do, rewards come, whether that be a new contract or that’s a move.” 

Ferguson, who is a product of the West Brom academy, is out of contract in the summer and will cost a mooted £4million in compensation should he move to another English side.

He has a total of 21 first-team appearances under his belt since breaking into the senior setup over the summer, his one and only goal coming against QPR.

In other West Brom news, Darren Bent says one Baggies star must have issues behind the scenes after a transfer deal was agreed.