West Brom are going to make a ‘shock move’ for Swansea goalkeeper Steven-Andreas Benda, according to Alan Nixon.
The Sun’s transfer man made the claim late on Saturday night, saying that Slaven Bilic rates the 21-year-old who is being “tipped for the top”.
Nixon claims that the Baggies want two keepers to challenge Sam Johnstone for the gloves at The Hawthorns and have a “massive hit list”.
Two other names mentioned in the report are Joe Hart, who is available on a free deal, and Wigan’s David Marshall.
Benda has enjoyed his time on loan at Swindon this season, with nine clean sheets from 24 appearances. That helped Swindon to the League Two title after the season was ended early and settled on points-per-game.
The 21-year-old hasn’t played for Swansea’s first team yet but he still has two years left on his contract.
He’s the right age and if he’s impressed Bilic then he could be a could progressive choice to battle Johnstone in the future.
He’s got Premier League ambitions. Talking to the Swindon Advertiser last year he said, “I want to be playing in the Premier League. That’s a big goal of mine.”
And he’s been scouted by Liverpool after his good form at Swindon.
As for the other names, Joe Hart seems a stretch. The free agent has had a big fall from grace since his exit from Man City but he would still command a big salary.
Wigan’s David Marshall would come with a lot of experience and could be the perfect player to bring in along with Benda.
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