West Brom should target Petros Mantalos again amid Barnes rumours

Petros Mantalos of Greece kicks the ball for a goal during the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at Etihad Stadium on June 7, 2016 in Melbourne,...

West Bromwich Albion may lose Harvey Barnes in January.

Petros Mantalos of AEK Athens FC during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Ajax Amsterdam and AEK FC at the Johan Cruijff Arena on September 19, 2018 in Amsterdam, The...

West Bromwich Albion are going well in the Championship this season, but manager Darren Moore may be facing a problem in the January transfer window.

The Baggies are scoring goals for fun, and much of that is down to the influence of loanee Harvey Barnes, who arrived on loan from Leicester City over the summer.

Barnes, 20, has hit five goals and two assists for West Brom with some superb performances, but his displays have now resulted in Leicester wanting to recall him in January, according to The Express and Star.

 

Losing Barnes would be a huge blow, and West Brom would then need to find an attacking midfielder, with Barnes playing at the top of a midfield three behind Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez.

One player who may just fit the bill is Greek star Petros Mantalos, as Sportime in Greece reported back in August that West Brom had made a move to lure him to The Hawthorns.

It was claimed that West Brom offered £5.4million to take Mantalos on loan from AEK Athens and then to add another £3.6million to make it permanent, totalling £9million in an attempt to sign him up for the long-term even with the permanent deadline passed.

Harvey Barnes of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-1 during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Reading at The Hawthorns on...

Since then, Mantalos has been featuring in the Champions League with AEK Athens, and has scored twice this season, with the playmaker surely still on the West Brom radar if they really did move for him in August.

Mantalos is 29, and may not have exactly the same skillset as Barnes, but as a creative force and a dangerous goalscorer from long range, West Brom should certainly target him again if Barnes goes back to Leicester.

Petros Mantalos of Greece kicks the ball for a goal during the International Friendly match between the Australian Socceroos and Greece at Etihad Stadium on June 7, 2016 in Melbourne,...

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