West Bromwich Albion have joined Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign highly rated Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, according to The Sun.
Baggies manager Tony Pulis is desperate to add a big-name quality midfielder to the playing staff at the Hawthorns following the departure of captain Darren Fletcher to Stoke City.
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West Brom have been linked with Silva’s club team-mate William Carvalho in the past – but reportedly feel they have a much better chance of attracting the 28-year-old to the Midlands this summer.
The Portugal international is deemed to be worth £23 million according to The Sun – a relative steal in today’s market – and Pulis will hope the lure of first-team football will see the player choose his side over the pulling power of Tottenham.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are yet to make a move in this transfer window after finishing second in the Premier League last year.
The North London outfit are keen to enhance their midfield and wide options in this market – and bringing in Silva would provide competition in both of those areas.
However, with £30 million flop Moussa Sissoko set to leave the club, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy will be hellbent on ensuring any new signings are good enough to enhance the current playing staff at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have already made a huge profit this summer after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50 million – and re-investing some of that money on Silva will seem like a smart acquisition to the White Hart Lane faithful.
With Spurs set to compete on four fronts next season, squad depth will be essential in coupling impressive domestic form with a solid run in the Champions League – something the club failed drastically to manage last year.
While questions remain over Vincent Janssen’s ability to provide goals when talisman Harry Kane is out of the side, the Spurs squad is widely regarded as one of the most-balanced squads in the league and only subtle additions will be needed this summer.
Silva could provide that pivotal addition of quality – although Tony Pulis will most certainly be hoping that isn’t the case.
West Brom had a strong 2016-17 Premier League campaign but tailed off towards the end of the season once a top-half finish was guaranteed – the Baggies will need quality recruits if they are to kick on and challenge the top-eight next term.