With Slaven Bilic coming in as West Bromwich Albion’s new head coach on Thursday, attentions quickly turn to what moves he will make to strengthen the first team group ahead of the coming 2019/20 Championship campaign as we will undoubtedly still be looking for promotion back to the Premier League at the second time of asking after last year’s failure.
A report from the Birmingham Mail has speculated that the 50-year-old former Croatia manager will look for a quick reunion with former player, Tolgay Arslan.
The 28-year-old central midfielder currently plays for Turkish side Fenerbahce and he did only make 22 appearances for the club last season, although a couple of those games came in their Europa League campaign.
Bilic knows him from their time at Besiktas when he managed them back in 2013/15 and following his appointment, it didn’t take long for the rumour mill to kick into gear in Turkey and link him with us.
Whether there is any truth to this one remains to be seen but midfield is obviously an area we need to strengthen given the departures of Stefan Johansen, James Morrison and Gareth Barry – let alone ongoing doubt about the future of Rekeem Harper.