West Bromwich Albion desperately need to sign a midfielder who can turn over the ball this month as they have the second lowest average for possession per game in the Premier League with just 41.8% [via WhoScored].
The Baggies have shown interest in Oliver Ntcham, Ben Pearson, Ozan Tufan and Clement Grenier, but Joseph Masi of the Express and Star reported that Hamza Choudhury is the latest name on Sam Allardyce’s wishlist, with talks ongoing between the Baggies and Foxes over a temporary switch to The Hawthorns for the 23-year-old.
The England under-21 international has made 60 appearances in all competitions for Leicester City since his senior debut in 2017/18, but he now finds himself on the periphery at the King Power Stadium.
Choudhury has made 10 appearances from a possible 25 this term, amassing 523 minutes from 2,250 (just 23% of Leicester’s season), as Brendan Rodgers has preferred Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy, Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet in midfield. Therefore, he might be granted a departure before the January transfer window shuts.
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With Leicester in the last 32 of the Europa League and third in the Premier League, standards are higher than ever to get in the team. Rodgers conceded recently that Choudhury “wants to play” for Leicester and said he would prefer a permanent transfer to a loan ( Express and Star).
The clock may well be ticking on the 23-year-old’s time at the King Power Stadium, which may work to West Brom’s advantage as they pursue a move for the midfielder.