Stoke City reportedly join West Brom in chase for Alassane Plea

A young French player previously linked with West Bromwich Albion is now said to be targeted by Stoke City.

According to a report from French website Maxifoot, Stoke City are very interested in signing Nice forward Alassane Plea this summer.

The Daily Mail recently linked the 22-year-old with a move to West Bromwich Albion, with their manager Tony Pulis allegedly sending scouts to watch a number of French-based targets and Plea catching the eye.

However, Maxifoot now claims Stoke could move for the versatile Frenchman who can play up front, on either wing or as an attacking midfielder if required.

Plea has played 35 times for Nice and has also turned out for Auxerre and Lyon in the past, but his goal-scoring record leaves a lot to be desired, with only seven goals in 62 senior matches to date.

That said, last season was something of a breakout campaign and three goals and nine assists in 35 appearances suggest he is coming into his own now he has more experience under his belt.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes has impressed with both his signings and the high-profile nature of some of his alleged targets but Plea could offer an effective alternative for a relatively cheap fee.

That said, Plea has only been at his current club for a single season and it remains to be seen if they will sanction an exit so soon, but Stoke – and West Brom for that matter – could certainly do with more attacking talent and given his development their latest alleged target could blossom into a very effective player.

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