West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew picked up a much-needed reprieve on Saturday afternoon as his side ran out winners over Brighton, but there is still a long way to go if the Baggies are to extend their Premier League stay.
Two points from safety, the club are in big trouble, and fans here in The Transfer Tavern are keen to see Pardew given the financial freedom to bring in the necessary players required to keep the Hawthorns side in the division. Our landlord caught up with fans over a pint to discuss potential targets, with a central midfielder high on their wishlist. As if by magic, news broke during the chat that the club had made an offer for a player, with The Sun reporting that Pardew had tabled a £12 million bid for Fulham man, Tom Cairney.
The Scottish international was sensational for the Cottagers last season as they narrowly missed out on promotion via the playoffs, with boss Slavisa Jokanovic turning down a £20 million offer from Newcastle in the summer. However with Cairney’s form having dipped this term, Jokanovic may reconsider his stance, with The Sun reporting that Pardew is willing to spend up to £15 million to bring the former Hull City man to the West Midlands.
Landlord’s Verdict: West Brom are in desperate need of a boost, and the 26-year-old could provide their midfield unit with the impetus required to keep the club afloat this season.
Cairney can play a variety of roles in the middle of the park, but the Nottingham-born may plays best as a roaming man, able to defend and attack, as well as possessing a keen eye for goal as exhibited by his thirteen goals and ten assists last season. With just one goal to his name this season however, Pardew could land his man if Jokanovic decides to cash in.
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