West Brom aim to beat Tottenham Hotspur to Fernandez

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to sign Napoli defender Federico Fernandez on loan, with the player previously linked to Tottenham Hotspur.

There is a slight air of alarm around West Brom at the lack of summer recruits thus far, with nomadic striker Nicolas Anelka their only addition so far in the transfer window.

However the Baggies have a well earned reputation for meticulous planning in the transfer market, and it is almost certain they will be making moves in the remaining weeks before the start of the Premier League.

Napoli defender Federico Fernandez has been linked with a loan move to the Hawthorns, and if West Brom could complete a move for the defender, it would represent something of a coup for the Premier League club.

The Argentine is not expected to be a regular at Napoli under Rafa Benitez, and is also reportedly a target for Tottenham Hotspur and Getafe, where he spent time on loan last season.

Fernandez was bought by Napoli for £2.5million in 2011, and there could be an option for West Brom to purchase him at the end of a loan spell, with the 24-year-old failing to settle at the Italian side.

If he signed, Fernandez would join his compatriot Claudio Yacob in the Baggies’ squad, and if he was able to match the impact the midfielder made in his debut season then he could be an instant hit at the Hawthorns.

Spurs could target Fernandez as cover in their defence after Jan Vertonghen was ruled out for most of their pre-season after picking up an injury in the Barclays Asia Trophy last week.

Younes Kaboul has recently returned from the injury that kept him out of almost the whole of last season, and Andre Villas-Boas will be cautious about ensuring the French defender is not overworked in the opening weeks of the year.

Anelka was a canny signing for West Brom, and the striker will help to replace the goals Romelu Lukaku supplied on loan last season, but they have let several players leave this summer, and need to bring in reinforcements quickly. Fernandez would be an excellent place to start.

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