West Bromwich Albion have less than two weeks to bolster Slaven Bilic’s playing squad further and one name could be quite the coup…
According to Football Insider, the Baggies are plotting a move to sign Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham before this summer’s transfer deadline with the Croatian boss keen to strengthen his central options.
They claim that the Scottish champions value the Frenchman at around £12m and that there are other teams from across Europe courting his services.
Premier League rivals Southampton, Everton and West Ham United have been linked with moves throughout the window.
Albion have struggled in the opening two matches of their season, suffering defeat to Leicester City before being hammered 5-2 by Everton at the weekend.
Despite having some encouraging attacking players, Bilic’s side seem to be cut through like a hot knife through butter and that in part could be down to a new three-at-the-back system, which isn’t suiting his central midfield options at all.
There’s very little balance when you’re starting both Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers and whilst Conor Gallager resolves some of that, a move for Ntcham is even better as he’s the ideal box-to-box sort to thrive in this system.
He’d be one massive upgrade on Sawyers, who has managed just one tackle per game and hasn’t even recorded a single dribble or key pass from their opening two matches, via WhoScored.
Over the course of his career, Ntcham has averaged 1.4 shots, 1.2 tackles, 0.9 dribbles and 0.9 shots per game, per WhoScored, making him seem like the ideal fit to play alongside the defensively-minded Baggies skipper Livermore.
Luke Dowling should absolutely press ahead with this signing before the deadline – that and a new striker.
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