Two Deadline Day Deals That West Brom Should Complete
Newcastle United turned to Daniel Sturridge after their bid for Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen failed. The move for Jorgensen appeared nothing more than yet another rouse to attempt to pacify the fans and make it look like they were intending to spend £20million and break their own transfer record.
Until yesterday, Sturridge appeared to be the man for Newcastle but then it emerged that he prefered West Bromwich Albion for family (geographical) reasons in his bid for first-team football to get into the England squad for the World Cup in Russia.
The Newcastle board get what they deserve in my opinion, however, the fans do not deserve the same but it appears here that Newcastle’s loss is West Brom’s gain and here are two more players they may add to the Hawthorns playing staff by the deadline:
Troy Deeney (Watford)
West Brom have been in touch with Watford over the possible transfer of striker Deeney, with Albion prepared to pay up to £16million for his services as long as they can sell one or two to generate more funds.
Deeney has been a Premier League fixture in the last few years and is highly rated by some in the game, apparently including Pardew, though fan opinion on the player appears to be divided. Centre-back Jonny Evans looks like being the big gun who can be sold to generate the cash and keep Albion on the right side of the financial fair play rules.
Mathieu Debuchy (Arsenal)
Arsenal have reportedly offered Debuchy plus a fee of £10million in order to sign Baggies defender Jonny Evans and to be fair, it would be a good deal for the West Midlands side.
Already this winter, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has allowed forwards Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez to leave the club but has added Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Man United. It also looks like Borussia Dortmund forward and long-time target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could join the club soon.
Wenger still wants to bolster his defence though and so with Debuchy out of favour anyway, this deal is terrific for Wenger but arguably just as good for Pardew, who managed the French full-back in his Newcastle days. This move is in their favour too as, should they be relegated, West Brom could lose Evans for as little as £3million in the summer.