Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra has not traveled with the squad for their upcoming friendly with German outfit Werder Bremen amid speculation of a bid from West Bromwich Albion.
The official word from the club, as per AS, is that Iborra is currently nursing an injury yet the Spanish editorial is reading between the lines and see far more to it than that.
As per the report in AS, a Premier League outfit made Sevilla a similar offer for Iborra last summer, although on that occasion renowned sporting director Monchi refused to let him go.
West Ham United and Southampton have been linked with interest via a report in the Spanish publication ABC, therefore a previous offer could have come from one of these two.
Likelihood of a deal:
While Iborra featured 26 times in La Liga last campaign, he played in a role further forward as his natural defensive midfield position is well covered by the Andalusian outfit.
Sevilla have been busy during the summer as they prepare themselves for Champions League football and, with further signings expected, Iborra could soon be deemed surplus to requirements.
What would Iborra offer West Brom?
The 27-year-old is a highly experienced midfielder with good work ethic, excellent positional sense and willingness to cover a lot of ground in order to help out defensively.
Moreover, he offers a goal outlet, proven by his seven Spanish top-flight strikes last season despite being of a naturally defensive mind frame. Standing at six feet and three inches tall, he is a strong and imposing figure.