Allardyce wants French midfield star for West Brom relegation fight

Dan Burnham

Sam Allardyce is eager for West Brom to make a move for Rennes midfielder Clement Grenier, a report has said.

The Frenchman is out of contract this summer but is available to leave for free this month.

Allardyce wants the Baggies’ hierarchy to bankroll a move for the 30-year-old so he can aid their attempts to maintain Premier League status, according to The Sun.

Despite being available on a free transfer, Grenier’s wages will come at a premium. That may pose a problem for West Brom, but if they could overcome that hurdle, he would be a vital reinforcement.

He has five caps for his national side and most notably played for Lyon, where he racked up 18 goals and 28 assists in 154 matches.

He scored his second goal of the season for Rennes at the weekend and made five appearances in their Champions League campaign.

The move could be part of a major overhaul for the Midlands outfit in the January transfer window.

Allardyce believes the current squad at his disposal does not possess the quality required to stay in the top-flight.

“We need players in more than anyone else in the Premier League to give us a chance of moving out of the position we’re in,” he said.


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The 66-year-old replaced Slaven Bilic at the helm last month. He has never been relegated as a manager but faces an uphill battle to preserve that record.

The Baggies find themselves 19th in the table having picked up a mere eight points in 17 games so far this season.

Their activity in the transfer market is already firmly underway. Robert Snodgrass has joined from West Ham, whilst Charlie Austin has been loaned to Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the season.

Big hopes for Snodgrass

Winger Snodgrass has signed an 18-month contract at the Hawthorns. Allardyce believes he can have as big an impact as one legendary figure had for him nearly 17 years ago.

“I hope he’s like Gary Speed for me at Bolton,” Allardyce, who signed the then 34-year-old Speed from Newcastle in 2004, said last week.

“He might be getting on but in his mind he still thinks he’s 20. Snodgrass runs all day, he’s got great quality and a huge amount of experience. He never gives up.

“Hopefully that will rub off on some of these players who will look at him and say, ‘My word’. Lifting the spirits and lifting the standards is very important at a professional football club. It’s even more important at a Premier League club.”

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