West Brom make move for Wigan winger Callum McManaman
West Bromwich Albion, 9/2 with Coral to go down, are hoping to secure the signing of Wigan Athletic wideman Callum McManaman, as manager Tony Pulis aims to steer the Baggies clear of Premier League relegation.
Pulis has previously masterminded successful attempts at staying up with Stoke City and, more recently, Crystal Palace, securing top-flight status for both, and the Baggies boss will be confident of doing so again for the West Midlands outfit.
The newest man at The Hawthorns helm has identified pacey wingers as a priority in this transfer window, and McManaman suits his immediate requirements perfectly, with the Championship star rated at £6m by his current employers.
West Brom have reportedly had a £4m bid turned down by the Latics for their 23-year-old wide star, but are prepared to listen to increased offers from the top flight side.
McManaman, who is also a rumoured target for Championship leaders Bournemouth, could bring the speed and creative attributes needed to give the Baggies’ survival bid a massive boost, with an ominous-looking end to the season fast approaching.
Pulis’ side face daunting trips to the Emirates and Old Trafford, as well as home clashes with league leaders Chelsea and Brendan Rodgers’ rejuvenated Liverpool, all in their final five fixtures.
Only six points currently separate the Premier League’s bottom nine teams, with West Brom sitting just two points clear of the drop zone.
Wigan’s wonderful wideman McManaman has been a bright spark in his team’s turbulent Championship campaign, but the ex-England Under-21 international has made 22 dynamic league displays. He has been unable to keep the Latics from falling into the relegation places, however.
McManaman is the Championship strugglers’ joint tops corer, tied with Irish counterpart James McClean on five league strikes. Both these players have been utilised up front, as Malky Mackay and DW Stadium dugout predecessor Uwe Rosler have found themselves short of dtriking options.
Despite some potent performances this term, McManaman has shown a ferocious side to his game, picking up five Championship yellow cards and recently receiving his marching orders in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
However, the former Everton trainee’s feisty attitude, along with his talented wing-play, could provide relegation-threatened West Brom with some much-needed grit and determination in a difficult season run-in.
The Baggies are odds-on 1/8 to avoid relegation and have won just once in their last five league games.