West Brom have become the latest side to enter the race for in-demand Peterborough United star Marcus Maddison.
TEAMtalk reports that the Baggies, alongside fellow Championship sides Brentford, Derby and Bristol City, are all interested in a January move for the Posh attacking midfielder, with Middlesbrough reportedly having an offer of £350,000 rejected by the League One side for Maddison already.
With the report also claiming that it will take a bid up to £2.5m for Peterborough to allow their 26-year-old star to leave the club, it appears that this price tag could take West Brom to the front of the queue for Maddison with The Athletic reporting that the Baggies are looking at ways to meet Hull City’s £20m valuation for Jarrod Bowen.
Do West Brom need Bowen?
Yes, he's that extra threat we need
No, what we have is more than enough
Indeed, Maddison could be a good alternative for the Championship attacker, with stats from WhoScored showing that the versatile attacker has already scored 10 goals and assisted a further six in all competitions for the Posh this season as well as Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth dubbing the 26-year-old star as ‘the best player in League One’ as per Peterborough Today.
With a valuation at nearly one/tenth of what Hull are demanding for Bowen, Maddison could be the extra attacking star Slaven Bilic is seemingly looking for heading into the January transfer window, and with rival teams also looking at adding the former Newcastle United academy player to their ranks in 2020, West Brom could do well to jump ahead of the pile for the talented League One player.
West Brom are enjoying a memorable season so far in the Championship, but Bilic could do with an extra attacking player, and in Maddison who can play both as an attacking midfielder and out on the wing, the Baggies could have a great, cheap signing on their hands who can add something extra to the already talented side.