West Brom are close to securing Leicester winger Jeffrey Schlupp in a £12m deal, according to reports.
After having two approaches for Schlupp rejected, Albion boss Tony Pulis looks like he will finally be successful in signing the 23-year old. Pulis had said he wanted five new signings before the transfer window closes, and Schlupp would bring Premier League winning pedigree to the Hawthorns.
Schlupp has been with Leicester since 2010, and made 24 appearances last season as the club secured an incredible title. However, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has hinted that the Ghanaian may have to leave in order to get more first team football.
At Leicester, Schlupp is in competition with PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez and Marc Albrighton on the right wing, while new signing Ahmed Musa is another pacy option available to Ranieri. He signed a new four-year contract in 2015, but now appears to be on his way out of the King Power Stadium.
Despite the competition for places, the high £12m transfer fee shows how highly Schlupp is valued at Leicester. The winger has been an important part of a squad that gained promotion from the Championship in 2014, before winning the Premier League two years later.
Schlupp was even involved in Leicester’s recent Community Shield defeat to Manchester United, coming off the bench in the second half. However he wasn’t part of the squad that lost to Hull in Saturday’s Premier League opener, perhaps due to an impending move to West Brom.
If Schlupp wants to get first team football at West Brom, he should leave with Leicester’s best wishes. After winning the Premier League last season, he will now be looking for more regular playing time, and West Brom could be a good fit for the pacy and often-under rated player.