Birmingham Mail journalist moots West Brom move for Muhamed Besic after Everton release

Birmingham Mail journalist Graeme Brown has mooted a potential move to West Brom for Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic.

The Merseyside outfit announced on Friday that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June, meaning he will be available on a free transfer for prospective parties interested in his services this summer.

Writing on his personal Twitter profile after the news broke out, Black-Country born Brown said: “Muhamed Besic would be a good option for West Brom, it strikes me.”

Best days behind him?

Besic failed to make a single appearance for the Toffees last season, and the 28-year-old has not played for them since the 2017/18 campaign when he made a paltry two outings.

That means he will depart Goodison Park with just 56 Everton appearances to his name since his 2014 signing from Ferencvaros.

However, he did feature nine times for Sheffield United in the Premier League during the 2019/20 season, and he has prior experience of the Championship after making 49 appearances for Middlesbrough there over two loan spells in 2018 and 2019.

He has also been continually picked by his international manager, with 45 caps under his belt since his debut in 2010.

At his best Besic was a combative central midfielder who would crunch into challenges and sprint away to set his team on the attack.

But now, after a number of serious injury setbacks, is he really the same player he was all of those years ago, or even anywhere near it?

We probably can’t afford to be too fussy given our lack of options now that the loan trio of Okay Yokuslu, Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have departed, but we think we should be looking for young, hungrier players, that can either grow with the club or be sold for big sums.

In other West Brom news, the Premier League have reached a verdict on the investigation into Robert Snodgrass’ transfer from West Ham to the Albion.

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