West Bromwich Albion are eyeing quite the coup on deadline day if emerging reports are to be believed…
According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, the Baggies hold an interest in Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend but it’s claimed that the Midlands outfit may struggle to raise the finances to secure him.
It is also suggested that Albion would be willing to pay £6m but the Eagles would only let him go if they could secure a replacement with Said Benrahma one name mooted.
Another winger isn’t likely to be top of Slaven Bilic’s needs today but given their fortunes since their return to the Premier League, he should take anything he can get.
It’s clear to see that the likes of Matty Phillips and Kamil Grosicki are not in the Croatian’s plans this season, which would leave only Matheus Pereira and perhaps Kyle Edwards as the only options on the right flank.
In fact, the Scotsman probably isn’t cut for the top-flight, so replacing him with Townsend could be a shrewd move from Luke Dowling.
This season, the 29-year-old has contributed to three goals from just four matches whilst averaging two dribbles, 1.8 key passes and one shot per game, via WhoScored.
Former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas once lauded Townsend as a “fearless player” who “takes the team forward with his driving forward and link-up play” which is something the leaky Baggies have perhaps lacked going forward this season.
They’ve already drawn a blank in two of their opening four matches, something Townsend could help alleviate.