Report: West Bromwich Albion lead Brighton in battle for Felipe Caicedo

Felipe Caicedo

The Espanyol powerhouse has struggled for game time this season and West Brom and Brighton are reportedly aiming to take full advantage.

Espanyol striker Felipe Caicedo is mulling over offers from West Bromwich Albion and Brighton & Hove Albion, AS reports, as speculation increases that he could make a return to England.

The powerful centre-forward scored four Premier League goals for Manchester City in the 2008/09 season as Mark Hughes’ side made the first small steps to evolving into an annual title challenger.

Nemanja Vidic (R) - Manchester United in action against Felipe Caicedo - Manchester City

However, he has embarked on something of a nomadic career after leaving British shores, although a record of 17 goals in two La Liga campaigns with Barcelona-based Espanyol means he is arguably at the peak of his career.

Nonetheless, new manager Quique Sanchez Flores has handed Caicedo just three league starts this season and AS reports that West Brom and Brighton are interested in making an approach this month.

However, the publication adds that the Baggies have a major advantage over the Seagulls as the Championship title challengers may struggle to match the wages of the highest paid player at Espanyol’s disposal.

On paper, Caicedo would be an astute addition to Tony Pulis’s side with his natural physical attributes, headlined by raw pace and inbuilt core strength, meaning he is likely to be a good fit for West Brom’s direct approach.

Felipe Caicedo

Yet, despite his limited game time, reported suitors may still have to pay big in the final week of the winter window with the International Business Times reporting last year that Espanyol raised Caicedo’s release clause to £26.8 million to ward off interest from Everton and Newcastle United.

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