West Brom made an approach to sign Ligue 1 free agent Xeka.
According to TEAMtalk, West Brom have made contact with the agent of 28-year-old Xeka, who has been a free agent since his contract with Ligue 1 side Rennes expired at the end of last season.
The Baggies have made an enquiry to his agent, according to the online news portal, although they will face competition from Southampton as well as Premier League clubs Wolves, Crystal Palace, Everton, and Sheffield United for his signature.
Xeka is also said to be garnering interest from clubs in Spain, Turkey, Italy, and France as the competition for his signing heats up following the transfer window’s closure.
An opportunity to strengthen
This would be a real coup from the Baggies if they can land his signature despite the level of interest from elsewhere, and they may see it as a great opportunity to strengthen their side by utilising the free agent market due to their lack of available funds.
Xeka spent last season at Rennes, having been released by Lille, where he played a part title win in the 2020/21 season before being let go at the end of 2021/22. His time at Rennes was turbulent, as he made just eight league appearances for the club before injuring his ankle in January.
If West Brom are able to bring a player with top-division winning experience to the club it will surely strengthen their bid for the playoffs, which would be some achievement given the off-pitch turmoil surrounding the club.