Barcelona ready to sign West Brom flop Diego Lugano on a free transfer

After Thomas Vermaelen was ruled out indefinitely through injury, Barcelona are keen on Diego Lugano.

When West Brom snapped up Uruguayan defender Diego Lugano on a free transfer back in 2013 they knew they were getting a player whose best days were firmly behind him.

The former Fenerbahce and Paris Saint-Germain defender was once considered one of South America's best defenders. However age got the better of him and as time went by his lack of pace became unbearable.

At West Brom he rarely had a good game, playing just nine times in the Premier League and struggling with the pace of English football.

After just one season at the club West Brom released him in the summer.

But now he is being lined up for a sensational move ... to Spanish giants Barcelona!

The 34-year-old is reportedly a free agent target for Barca, with many factors coming in to reason why he is the man for them.

Thomas Vermaelen has been ruled out for up to five months after surgery this week. The Belgian, signed from Arsenal in the summer, is yet to play for his new club.

Barcelona would love to bring in several different names. The likes of Allan Nyom, Alberto Lopo and Mikel San Jose have all been mentioned. But Barcelona's transfer embargo means these players are all out of reach.

The ban starts from the first of January next year, meaning they can't sign anybody during the transfer window. There only hope is that they make a move for a free agent before the New Year.

In their desperation it is reported they will turn to this veteran West Brom flop.

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