The Daily Mail claimed that the Baggies were watching Alassane Plea last season, and it has now been reported by the Express and Star that they are ready to move for him if a deal for Matt Phillips cannot go through.
Tony Pulis is in talks to sign QPR winger Phillips, but with the R’s holding out for a large fee for the Scottish international, they may be forced to look elsewhere for summer targets.
Attacking players are Pulis’s big priority this summer, with James McClean already arriving at the club, and Plea has been placed in reserve should a deal for Phillips not go through.
The forward, who can play upfront or in the attacking midfield zones, was watched by the club many times last term due to the Mail report, and the latest report claims that he will become the top target if Phillips is left alone.
Plea, 22, currently turns out for OGC Nice in France’s Ligue 1, having started his career with Lyon. He only moved to Nice last summer, but the French Under-21 international put in a series of good performances, scoring three goals and registering nine assists in 35 games.
He would be a wise second choice to Phillips, and although he does not hold valuable homegrown status like the QPR star, Plea would be cheaper and is younger than his transfer compatriot.
Pulis has watched him and is impressed by what he has seen, and Plea would be a step in the right direction for the Baggies if a deal is wrapped up to bring him to the Hawthorns in the coming weeks.