West Bromwich Albion are reportedly in the race to sign Manchester United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri before the summer transfer window closes.
According to a recent report from L’Equipe, the Baggies are one of the clubs interested in signing the midfielder as well as fellow Championship side, Birmingham City, and Spanish club Andorra FC, who have apparently offered to sign the player on loan with a €25m (£21m) purchase option.
With 60 appearances under his belt for the Manchester club across their senior and youth sides, the 19-year-old has seven goals and 20 assists to his name, showing how useful he can be in front of goal.
Hailed as an “immense talent” by former United player Nicky Butt, Mejbri has not been involved in any of United’s Premier League games so far this season, which suggests that he isn’t likely to be getting regular game time there and could be better off at another club where he’d be able to play on a consistent basis.
Having only managed to score more than one goal on just one occasion in the Championship so far this season, it’s safe to say that having a player like the Moroccan that can help the team in an attacking sense by setting up goalscoring opportunities would surely give them a big boost in that regard.
Bearing in mind how West Brom have a track record when it comes to signing players on loan from Premier League clubs such as Matt Clarke, Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles among others, seeing the United prodigy follow in the footsteps of those players could be a very smart bit of business for the Baggies, especially if the youngster can help the team become a deadlier attacking side.
Taking all of that into account, Steve Bruce would surely love to have the opportunity to help develop an exciting young talent from the club he made 414 appearances for in his playing days, especially if that player can help the Baggies win promotion back to the Premier League.
Moving forward, with the Midlands club not the only side interested in signing the £12k-per-week teenager, they will have to work fast if they want to be the ones that secure his signature before the summer transfer window closes.