Jeffrey Schlupp wants West Brom move in January

Leicester City star Jeffrey Schlupp is eager to join the Baggies in the January transfer window, the Express & Star understands.

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Jeffrey Schlupp has seen only bit part minutes for Leicester City this season.

Albion tried to sign the versatile left-sided player in the summer, but had four bids ranging between £9million and £12m rejected by the champions.

Even though Schlupp was keen to come to The Hawthorns, the Foxes wanted to keep hold of as many of their title-winning squad as possible.

However, Schlupp has struggled to get minutes under Claudio Ranieri this season and sources close to the frustrated 23-year-old say he wants to join the Baggies in the New Year.

Schlupp has only started one Premier League game so far this campaign, and featured just once in the Champions League so far.

Ranieri has been playing £16m signing Ahmed Musa on the left wing, and the Italian also bought 19-year-old left winger Bartosz Kaputska in the summer.

Schlupp fears his chances will become increasingly rare at Leicester and is hoping Albion re-kindle their efforts to sign him.

Earlier this month, Baggies boss Tony Pulis didn’t rule out a renewed attempt to sign Schlupp in January, but he’s wary of Leicester playing hard-ball again.

When asked about the Ghana international prior to Albion’s game with the Foxes, he said: “He played (in the Champions League) so I don’t see him being sold if he is in the team.”

Schlupp can play either on the wing or at left back. Although Pulis is happy with his options at left-wing following Chris Brunt’s return from injury and James McClean’s impressive start to the season, he is still after a left-back.

Everton loanee Brendan Galloway may return to his parent club in January, having failed to keep his place in the starting line-up.

Allan Nyom is playing at left-back at the moment but his preferred position is right-back.

And the Welshman is hoping to inject some youth into his ageing squad. “We need to bring some quality in,” said Pulis.

“I’ve spoken to the Chinese owners, and that’s what we’ll try to do. I’ve put something towards them.

“We’re an older team and we need younger players with more quality to come in and help the group.”

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Comments for: "Jeffrey Schlupp wants West Brom move in January"

CantelloRocket 78

We're being told only ' one or two quality players ' are likely to be signed in January, and that the new owner won't be splashing excessive cash, so depending on the Berahino situation, maybe that's a striker, good defensive midfielder and possibly stretching to a left-back..? - Charlie Taylor at Leeds has often been mentioned, although it's claimed Newcastle are now watching him closely, and Mike Ashley likes to wave his cheque book about - at least when employing footballers...;-)

MyDogBlue

Schlupp deffo experiance and class go for him.

Happy Baggie

He would be a great signing - but will he be off to the ANC in January ?

The Real Bully Hoo.

The ruling party in South Africa?

Happy Baggie

Exactly - the Nelson Mandela 11

Warren

Just speculating here but it struck me that Taylor and the overseas left-back whose name escapes me were unavailable in the summer. Given their contracts are both up that may well change and I'd guess they are both going to be much cheaper than Schlupp.

Also, while Schlupp is quick, I can't imagine he'd be a disciplined defender's defender. If he's still £12m+, it'll be interesting to see how much we really want him.

CantelloRocket 78

It just crossed my mind that Schlupp can play left-back, on the wing, or as a central striker, which is where he started his career - videos on YouTube suggest he's tall, powerful, and can score with both feet and head, so even if he plays left back, imagine the extra threat we'd have from set-pieces...

rvd2016

Fully agree, he ticks too many boxes to not be signed. It's also refreshing to see a player who wants to play for the club!

baggietillidie

Sorry, but this is another E&S 'sources close to...' story, and as such perhaps worthy only of a pinch of salt, although I hope it's true.

Kev in Mallorca

I'm going to try and have my comment removed as I didn't realise how sensitive

btid was so I'm going to act and hopefully save him any further distress.

'deu