West Bromwich Albion are considering a move to bring Gustavo Hamer to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that the Coventry City midfielder is the club’s leading candidate to replace Okay Yokuslu, with the latter looking unlikely to make a permanent switch to the Baggies following their relegation to the Championship.
The report also states that West Brom will be targeting a number of other midfielders in the upcoming transfer window, as both Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have also returned to their parent clubs following loan spells.
Having joined Coventry from PEC Zwolle in what was a £1.35m deal last summer, Hamer highly impressed during his first season in English football with Mark Robins’ side.
Over his 42 Championship appearances, the 23-year-old scored five goals, registered two assists and created five big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.8 shots and making 1.5 key passes per game.
The £1.8m-rated former Netherlands U20 international also made an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and won 2.9 duels per fixture, with these metrics seeing the midfielder earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.97 – ranking him as Coventry’s best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, it would appear that a move by West Brom for the player whom Marko Marosi dubbed an “unbelievable” talent should very much be a priority for Luke Dowling this summer, as it appears that Hamer has the ability to thrive in the Championship, something that would only be further encouraged while playing in a side with the resources and talent of the Baggies.
Indeed, if the club were to go on sign the 23-year-old this summer, it would go a very long way to making up for the loss of Yokuslu.