Should West Brom consider Manchester City's Mangala at £15m?

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough (L) and Oumar Niasse of Hull City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium on April 5,...

Man City are willing to sell Eliaquim Mangala for £15m so should West Brom look at him as a cheaper alternative to Middlesbrough's Gibson?

Manchester City are willing to sell Eliaquim Mangala for £15m this summer as they continue to move unwanted personnel out of the club, reports the Telegraph.

The Citizens have already recouped around £70m during this transfer window through the sale of players such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Nolito and Fernando and are still hoping Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Mangala will also leave before it shuts.

Edimilson Fernandes of West Ham United attempts to cross as Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City attempts to block during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United...Edimilson Fernandes of West Ham United attempts to cross as Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City attempts to block.

Although the 26-year-old has struggled at the Etihad Stadium since a 2014 switch from Porto, the defender did impress on loan at Valencia last season and only failed to secure a permanent deal at the Mestalla Stadium due to a lack of funds at the Spanish club - according to Marca.

Therefore it seems Mangala still has much to offer and perhaps West Bromwich Albion should take a closer look at the unwanted City star as their search for recruitment in defence continues.

Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson appears to be the Baggies' number one target at centre-back currently and after having two bids for the 24-year-old rejected already, the Birmingham Mail claims they are preparing to come back with an improved £25m offer.

Yet Boro do not want to sell and West Brom also face competition from fellow Premier League side Southampton, who the Sun says are willing to pay £30m to sign Gibson themselves as a replacement for Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk.

So rather than entering a bidding war that could see them with no new defender come the end of it, maybe the West Midlands outfit would be better turning their attention to a cheaper alternative in Mangala.

Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough (L) and Oumar Niasse of Hull City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at the KCOM Stadium on April 5,...Ben Gibson of Middlesbrough (L) and Oumar Niasse of Hull City (R) battle for possession.

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