Reports claim West Brom rejected a January bid from MLS franchise Inter Miami for left-back Kieran Gibbs while Sam Allardyce is keen to bring in a Chelsea full-back as a replacement.
Gibbs, 31, penned a four-year deal with the Baggies in August 2017 after a decade at Arsenal. He was a regular during his first two seasons at the Hawthorns but has now slipped down the pecking order.
The man with 10 England caps to his name made just 14 Championship appearances last season. And he has started nine Premier League matches among 10 outings this term.
With his contract due to expire this summer, it seems as though he will be leaving the West Midlands. It was reported by The Athletic earlier this week that he could have departed during the January transfer window.
Inter Miami, co-owned by England legend David Beckham, are said to have made inquiries. But their offer was rejected as the “terms failed to suit both the Baggies and the player”.
However, it seems as though the Florida outfit will look to sign him when he is a free agent this summer. Inter are managed by Beckham’s former Manchester United colleague Phil Neville.
He has been charged with the task of assembling a squad to improve on their inaugural campaign. That saw a return of just seven wins from 24 games and a flurry of signings is expected this year.
With his deal now running down, Gibbs is free to talk to other clubs. Negotiations with Inter may already have begun and it would be no surprise to see him stateside.
Marcus Alonso wanted by West Brom
The same report suggests that Allardyce had his eyes on a replacement if Gibbs had left. The player in question was Blues left-back Marcos Alonso.
The Spain international had been frozen out by Frank Lampard. But the appointment of Thomas Tuchel has seen him back in from the cold.
He has made six appearances and five starts in 2020-2021, scoring in a 2-0 win over Burnley. Had Lampard still been in charge at Stamford Bridge, Alonso may well have been available for a winter move.
But Tuchel’s arrival appears to have moved the goalposts and he is back in favour. It remains to be seen how things play out beyond the current campaign.
But, with Albion likely to suffer relegation, a move down one division might not suit the 30-year-old. He was also linked with Barcelona last month but it has emerged that the Catalans pulled the plug on that deal.
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