West Brom could be about to bolster their defence, according to emerging reports…
The Baggies are thought to be keen on signing Danny Rose this January transfer window, claims talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook, who told the ‘White and Jordan‘ show on Wednesday:
“I was told there was a big chance he could follow Jack Wilshere in the sense that Tottenham could cancel his contract in this window.
“We know he’s not part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.
“West Brom and Sam Allardyce would be very keen to take him to the Hawthorns.”
If Spurs do indeed cancel the 30-year-old’s reported £65k-per-week contract, then Big Sam is right to target his signature this window as he’d be a huge addition to help boost Albion’s survival chances.
Not at least because he’s vastly-experienced at this level – and top-flight experience is something that this current Albion squad lacks in abundance. Indeed, Rose has racked up 214 appearances for Spurs, also featuring in both European competitions.
It is only really Branislav Ivanovic, who is ageing rapidly at centre-back at 36, and perhaps Kieran Gibbs, who can match such a feat – though the latter even appears to be on the chopping block this month.
According to The Athletic’s Steve Madeley, the Baggies will be in the market for a new left-back should they be able to move the former Gunners man on as Allardyce was left angry with his injury withdrawal prior to the Leeds match last month.
Without Gibbs, West Brom are short on options in the role as Conor Townsend is currently out through injury – evidently, they haven’t been able to replace the versatile Nathan Ferguson, who swapped the Hawthorns for Crystal Palace in the summer.
The young academy graduate stepped up to play left-back in 12 of 21 appearances last term as Gibbs’ own injury problems tormented his season – another reason why the Midlands outfit should definitely be looking to move him on.
He’s started only 19 games in the past 18 months, which is near enough just one game per month, as per WhoScored.
By adding Rose, Big Sam can solve his conundrum and at the same time, finally replace the void left behind by Ferguson.
It was a travesty that no one was brought in during the summer window to fill the void. As Marlon Harewood told Football FanCast back in November, Rose is a “top player” who “can do a job.”
Big Sam would be wise to sign him if given the chance.
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