West Bromwich Albion have submitted a club record £18 million bid for Manchester United outsider Morgan Schneiderlin, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The Baggies are looking to rival fellow Premier League side Everton in January for the signature of the Frenchman as they look to consolidate their position in the top 10 of the standings.
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The Toffees may have a slight upper hand however, as Schneiderlin and current manager Ronald Koeman worked together at Southampton.
The 27-year-old is on £120,000 at week at the Red Devils and would have to take a pay cut to join either side, but he is said to be desperate to revitalise his career after a miserable time at Old Trafford.
The defensive midfielder joined United from Southampton for around £24m in 2015 but has found himself pushed out of the team by Jose Mourinho, only making eight appearances so far this season.
“We have to make sure that we hang in there until the window opens and fingers crossed we can add one or two to the squad,” Tony Pulis commented.
“That’s what we need to do, add one or two to the squad and keep things ticking over and going in the right direction.”
With Saido Berahino’s future looking uncertain, the West Brom manager is also looking to bring a forward to the Hawthorns in January in case their main striker does decide to depart.
If the Baggies do manage to land Schneiderlin in January, he will be their record signing, beating the £13m they paid Tottenham Hotspur for Nacer Chadli.