West Bromwich Albion’s scrupulous preparation generally means that they have little requirement to panic buy reinforcements in January, and this year is no different. Despite a horrible run of injuries they have given no indication they will go a spending spree this winter, but they might have their sights on Samuel Inkoom.
The Ghanaian plays predominantly as a right back, but also play on the wing and cover at centre back. He is also very unhappy with his current situation in the Ukraine. Inkoom plays under former Tottenham Hotspur manager Juande Ramos at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, but has been frozen out of his manager’s plans, barely seeing any time on the pitch this season.
Inkoom has been capped 37 times for his country, but is not playing in the African Cup of Nations this month so is able to look for a transfer. In the past the player has been coveted by Liverpool, Chelsea and Hamburg, but West Brom might look to capitalise on his current situation and steal a march on those sides by bidding for Inkoom early in the transfer window. His agent, Christian Emile, has made it clear that the player wants to leave this month:
Even in his current situation, Inkoom might try and delay any move until nearer the end of January to get the clearest picture of who might be interested in signing him before making a decision. How much Dnipro would demand for the player is still unknown. They paid around £4.5 million for Inkoom in January 2011, but with the player at loggerheads with the club, you would expect they’d accept a substantial loss to see him leave.
If West Brom are keen to sign Inkoom, their best option might be to either make a strong early bid in the hope the player and the club are desperate to part ways, or wait until the end of the month and aim for a cut price deal as time runs out. If they can get Inkoom playing at his best again, then they will have picked up an excellent player.
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