By Wayne Veysey

12th Aug, 2020 | 11:00am

Exclusive: West Brom set sights on signing Wigan 23-yr-old for 7-figure fee

West Brom are plotting a move to sign Wigan Athletic midfielder Joe Williams, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 23-year-old may have to be sold on the cheap this summer and the Baggies are ready to capitalise on Wigan’s financial woes.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the centre-midfielder could be available for as little as £1.5million.

Williams was a key figure in a Latics side that suffered relegation from the Championship last month after they were docked 12 points for calling in the administrators.

He made 38 appearances in the Championship last season with one goal and four assists to his name.

The right-footed midfielder has two years remaining on his contract at the DW Stadium after he penned a three-year deal upon his arrival from Everton in July 2019.

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A product of the Everton academy, Williams enjoyed loan spells at Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers before making a permanent switch to Wigan Athletic.

He was highly rated when in development at Goodison Park and has been capped by England at Under-20 level.

Wigan have been forced to sell a host of their first team stars and exciting prospects this summer as the administrators look to balance the club’s books.

Joe Gelhardt, Jensen Weir and Leon Balogun have already left the Latics and were preceded by manager Paul Cook.

Baggies manager Slaven Bilic is looking to bolster his squad this summer after they gained promotion to the Premier League last month.

Football Insider revealed that the newly-promoted club have a transfer budget of just £25million in the current window.

The Baggies estimate they will lose a £10m from gate receipts through having no fans at their home matches.

Williams could prove to be a quality option for Bilic at a relatively cheap price.

In other West Brom news, it can be REVEALED that the door has opened for Baggies & Fulham to sign striker after Celtic bid.