West Brom closer to re-signing Filip Krovinovic on loan from Benfica

West Brom finally set to re-sign Filip Krovinovic on loan after Slaven Bilic revealed he asks the club EVERY DAY about bringing the midfielder back to the Hawthorns after his star turn in promotion campaign

  • Manager wants Benfica star back after last season’s successful loan spell
  • Bilic says he will be ‘extremely disappointed’ if Croatian doesn’t re-join Albion 
  • Boss has demanded to know why deal for the 25-year-old has yet to be struck
  • Baggies now in pole position after a breakthrough in talks between the clubs 

Slaven Bilic’s pleas to West Brom to secure another loan spell for Filip Krovinovic could be set to pay off after a significant breakthrough in talks with Benfica.

The 25-year-old Croatian midfielder impressed during last season’s loan stint to help the Baggies return to the Premier League as Championship runners-up. 

Boss Bilic has been outspoken in his desire to re-sign countryman Krovinovic and has been demanding answers from the club on why another deal hasn’t been struck.

Filip Krovinovic played 43 times on loan at West Brom last season, scoring three goals

Slaven Bilic has sent a clear message to his bosses to re-sign the Benfica midfielder

Last week he said: ‘I will be extremely disappointed if it doesn’t happen, I don’t even want to think about it.

‘Every day when I walk into the training ground I ask about him. Why? Because last year he played a lot of games for us.’

Albion had been struggling to put a deal together given their tight budget restrictions and last week hopes had been fading they would be able to strike an agreement with Benfica. 

But now it appears the Premier League side are in pole position to bring the playmaker back to The Hawthorns with Krovinovic likely to sign a new contact in Portugal before returning to the West Midlands. 

Filip Krovinovic (right) and Darnell Furlong celebrate West Brom’s Premier League return

Getafe and Bologna have been interested in Krovinovic but Albion, having struggled to put concrete offers down, have now made a significant breakthrough after weeks of talks.

Krovinovic played 43 times on loan last term, scoring three goals and Bilic said: ‘He was brilliant on the pitch.

‘You can be versatile with him on the pitch, you can change systems without changing the players.’  

Albion have completed permanent deals for three of last season’s loan players, Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson.

West Brom, who host Chelsea on Saturday, have lost their first two Premier League games and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Brentford on penalties earlier this week. 

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