West Brom have exceeded many people’s expectations and in all fairness even their own as they currently sit comfortably in the top half of the Premier League table
A lot of credit must go down to manager Tony Pulis who has created a side that are playing unlike one that you would not usually see under the stewardship of the 58 year old.
With the Midlands club being taken over by new Chinese owners last Summer, the former Stoke manager Pulis was one of the heavy favourites to win the sack race this campaign, but right now all seems well at The Hawthorns.
At the start of the season the obvious target would have been staying away from the relegation zone but now this is a side that will be realistically looking at a top half finish. In order to do so the club could do with a couple of new faces to keep their Top 10 hopes alive
With that in mind let’s now look at three players who could be moving to West Brom this month
One of Tony Pulis’ top targets in this transfer window is a player he was unsuccessful in landing back in the Summer, that being Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester. West Brom came back with repeated bids in the close season only to see them turned down but now it seems as if the Champions have had a change of heart in regards to keeping hold of the Ghanaian.
A number of clubs are believed to be in the running for the signature of the 24 year old but after missing out once already you get the feeling that Pulis is not prepared to miss out on this transfer target again. Schlupp’s versatility saw him earn 24 appearances last season on the way to earning a Premier League winners medal but this season Schlupp’s role at the club has been diminished.
This season his time on the pitch has been a lot less with only 4 league outings to his name and because of that the product of the Leicester academy who made his debut back in 2011, could now be set to end his long stint with the club. It is believed that a fee of around £9m will be able to secure the services of Schlupp and should a sale come to fruition then it would be a nice boost to Leicester’s own transfer budget this month.
If West Brom are beaten to signature of Schlupp then they would do well to divert their attention to Robert Snodgrass of fellow Premier League club Hull. West Brom have been monitoring the situation of Snodgrass closely as his contract situation is still relatively unclear
Last month Snodgrass turned down the offer of a new deal from the club only to see Hull then activate a one year extension without his agreement. Therefore if The Tigers do end up selling the 29 year old then his value will have increased.
His current employers have already turned down a bid of £3m from West Ham earlier in the month but you would have to imagine that will not be the last offer placed for the services of the Scottish international during the next few weeks.
Hull would obviously be loathed to sell one the few players that has truly impressed in the first half of the season. But with the current plight that the club are in, then swapping a relegation battle for the safety of the top half of the table will certainly seem like an attractive proposition for the former Norwich and Leeds midfielder.
Staying in the Premier League there is another player that has been on West Brom’s radar as of late and it could mean a return to the Midlands for one of Manchester City’s fringe players. That’s because The Baggies have been tracking Fabian Delph with a view to a loan move for the rest of the season.
The England international has failed to make a mark at The Etihad since moving their in the Summer of 2015 with his time there being beset by injuries. When Delph moved from Aston Villa the competition for first team places was always going to be difficult but the fact that he has rarely been available has seen him fall further down the pecking order
Bought to the club by Manuel Pellegrini he only managed 17 Premier League appearances last season and managed to find the net on two occasions, a debut season that failed to live up to expectations and life under Pep Guardiola has fared no better with just two substitute appearances to his name this campaign.
The 27 year old is almost in danger of becoming a forgotten man and a even a short term move would be of use to the former Aston Villa player. With opportunities looking slim at his present employers then the prospect of first team football elsewhere should benefit not only Delph but West Brom also.