West Brom are hoping to pip Nottingham Forest and Barnsley to the signing of Brentford play-off hero Emiliano Marcondes, according to the Express.
The 26-year-old scored in the recent play-off final against Swansea, helping the Bees secure Premier League football for the first time.
His heroics weren’t enough to earn him an extension though. The Danish performer is now on the lookout for a new club.
The player’s agent confirmed last week that Forest and Barnsley had been in talks with Marcondes.
West Brom appointed Valerian Ismael as their new manager last week. He is busy settling into life at his new club and has a list of transfer targets.
Having just come out of the Premier League, the Baggies could have significant financial clout to lure the player.
Forest will hope to get the deal done though. Marcondes can play as a conventional midfielder, or as a number 10 and would provide the Reds with a bundle of Championship experience.
Last season he played 40 times, including in all three play-off games. With that in mind, he looks a player for the big occasion.
Forest are yet to add to their squad this summer. With the players now back in pre-season training, Chris Hughton will hope for some developments soon.
Forest have to do whatever it takes to sign Marcondes
At 26 the Brentford player would represent a very decent piece of business by Forest this summer.
The club needs to prioritise quality over quantity and signing Marcondes would represent a good start to proceedings.
Forest are desperately short of midfielders. Ryan Yates and Cafu do very similar jobs, whilst James Garner has returned to Manchester United.
Hughton doesn’t seemingly fancy Jack Colback or Harry Arter and there’s space for another maestro.
Marcondes has the ability to be a game-changing signing for the Reds and this is a race they can’t let West Brom win.