Wednesday 25 April 2018

West Brom 'considering fresh bid for Leicester defender Jeff Schlupp'

Jeff Schlupp scored once in 26 games as Leicester won the Premier League last season
Jeff Schlupp scored once in 26 games as Leicester won the Premier League last season

West Brom are considering making a second bid for Leicester defender Jeff Schlupp.

The Baggies have not given up hope of signing the Ghana international despite having a £9million bid rejected by the Foxes, Press Association Sport understands.

Boss Tony Pulis wants to strengthen his options in wide areas at The Hawthorns and is searching for a recognised left-back. Jonny Evans finished the season in that position after Chris Brunt suffered a serious knee injury.

Leicester head into their first ever Champions League campaign with boss Claudio Ranieri reluctant to see his title-winning squad fall apart having already lost midfielder N'Golo Kante to Chelsea.

Finances are not a problem for the Baggies and a move would depend heavily on whether 23-year-old Schlupp, who can also play in midfield, would be happier as a squad player with the champions or playing regular football at The Hawthorns.

Schlupp, who scored in Leicester's 2-1 pre-season win at Oxford on Tuesday, made 26 appearances for the Foxes last season but made just two starts after he suffered a hamstring injury in December, having lost his spot to Christian Fuchs.

Meanwhile, a bid of £20million from Stoke - £17million up front with £3million in add-ons - remains on the table for striker Saido Berahino.

The Baggies will not let Berahino leave until a replacement is found with West Ham's Diafra Sakho a target and the Hammers, like Albion, want reinforcements before sanctioning any move.

Manchester United striker James Wilson remains a possibility but any move would likely come towards the end of the window, should he still be available.

Press Association

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