According to a TeamTalk exclusive, Middlesbrough are in talks to permanently sign Muhamed Besic from Everton.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international joined the Toffees in 2014, but has seen his status in the team slide from that point on.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan with Middlesbrough in the Championship, a transaction ‘Boro boss Tony Pulis is now keen to revive and convert into a permanent deal.
Before that deal can be completed though, West Brom should seek to hijack the transfer and secure the midfielder’s services for themselves.
Darren Moore’s squad is currently threadbare in the midfield department, and those that remain on the books at the Hawthorns are uninspiring options. Gareth Barry, for instance, is a fine player, but at 37-years-old can’t be relied upon to perform for the entirety of a gruelling Championship campaign.
The signing of Besic would provide an injection of youth and energy into the middle of the park and provide a foundation for Moore to build his new-look West Brom squad upon.
Transfermarkt value Besic at £4.5 million, but given he is clearly surplus to requirements at Goodison, this is a deal that could simply descend into a bidding war between West Brom and Middlesbrough.
If the Baggies can make Besic their’s this summer, then Moore’s rebuild can begin in earnest.
Thoughts, West Brom fans?