West Brom watched Benfica striker Rodrigo again on Saturday as Steve Clarke’s scouts look to replace Peter Odemwingie.
West Brom scouted Benfica’s 6-1 home win over Rio Ave, less than a month after joining Newcastle in the race to sign the former Bolton Wanderers loan star from the Portuguese giants.
The Baggies have been alerted to the opportunity to bring the 21-year-old Spaniard back to the Premier League this summer, but will face serious competition for his signature from the Magpies who were also at the game on Saturday.
Newcastle face Benfica in the Europa League tonight so their opposition scout was always going to be present, but it will be interesting to see if the Baggies send someone to the Stadium of Light for the first leg of the quarter-final tie.
Scouts from Liverpool and Everton were also in attendance on Saturday as Rodrigo drew a blank in front of goal and was yellow carded.
Rodrigo, who was once on the books of Real Madrid, is under contract at Benfica until 2015 and is understood to earn less than £16,000-a-week.
Baggies boss Clarke is on the look-out for a pacy and direct forward player to fill Odemwingie’s boots when the troublesome striker moves on in the summer- and Rodrigo fits the bill.