West Brom are unable to finance a move for Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury in January, according to Joseph Masi.
Albion have been heavily linked with the 23-year-old in the transfer window and he was understood to be a top target [Express & Star] as Sam Allardyce aims to bolster his midfield ranks.
However, there have been a number of developments since, not least an injury to Leicester midfielder Dennis Praet which has reduced their options in midfield.
Speaking on the Baggies Broadcast podcast [Episode 17, Series 4, 20/01/21], Express & Star’s West Brom reporter Masi revealed a deal for the midfielder is unlikely as it stands.
He said: “[On] Choudhury it’s gone very quiet, my understanding is that Albion were really hopeful on a deal for Choudhury, they really wanted it or want him, but it sounds like he’s one of the deals where the goalposts have been moved and at this moment in time it appears that financially that deal is beyond Albion.”
With funds tight at The Hawthorns a loan had been mooted for Choudhury but it appears even the terms of that arrangement would be difficult for Albion at this current time.
Sawyers to soldier on
With options limited in the centre of the park, Albion supporters have been crying out for some reinforcements, both in quantity and quality.
Romaine Sawyers and Jake Livermore have been the two figures tasked with manning the midfield in front of the defence this season but both have struggled to assert themselves, particularly Sawyers.
He has looked lightweight at times this season and the need for a tenacious midfielder who can add some steel to the Baggies midfield has been there for all to see.
Despite a recent win at Wolves the midfield is still struggling, evidenced in the WhoScored statistic that West Brom attack from the middle of the pitch in just 21% of their attacks, the lowest figure in the Premier League.
Allardyce’s side are clearly not comfortable using the midfielders to orchestrate attacks and are making more use of the flanks.
Someone like Choudhury would help in that sense as he is comfortable on the ball, particularly after the arrival of Brendan Rodgers at Leicester has ensured the whole team is more adept at using the ball more often and in tighter spaces.
But it appears the likes of Sawyers can be secure of their position for the time being as the clock ticks down in the transfer window.
In other West Brom news, Albion chase £50k/wk Premier League midfielder who is out of contract at the end of the season.