The transfer window is well and truly underway, yet for West Brom supporters, it seems like it may take a while for any activity to happen.
Talk of Jarrod Bowen joining the club has cooled significantly since The Athletic first reported the club’s interest last month, and rumours of a departure for star defender Nathan Ferguson have also died down due to the teenager’s knee injury that will keep the fullback out for some time.
Yet the rumour mill keeps on churning, and TeamTalk claim that the Baggies are one of the many clubs interested in signing 23-year-old Coventry City midfielder Zain Westbrooke, who could depart the League One side this month after an impressive season and his current deal with the Sky Blues expiring this season.
The likes of Bristol City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest are all quoted as being interested in the midfielder, whilst Sky Sports News report via Football League World that Cardiff City and Leeds United are also interested in Westbrooke, who could be available for just £2m this January.
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Westbrooke has been a player who has slowly been grafting his way up the Football League pyramid, and his quality was noted during his time at Leyton Orient, with then-head coach Steve Davis saying to The Docklands and East London Advertiser about the midfielder: “He used the ball very wisely and took a few chances with some one-touch football, but when he did have the extra touch his quality of passing was excellent. He is there to start attacks and to sit in front of the back three when we attack and I thought he was excellent.”
And for West Brom, the signing of Westbrooke could be a statement one for the club. With a number of the Baggies Championship rivals interested in the midfielder, Slaven Bilic can stamp his authority on the division with the signing of the 23-year-old, who is seemingly on the radar for most of the big clubs in England’s second-tier.
Westbrooke has shown this season and in the past to be a technically quality midfielder, and for West Brom, and extra creative force in the centre of the park could be of use, as well as a potential statement signing for the other clubs in the Championship.