Alan Irvine is hoping for a busy transfer window this summer, as he tries to make a mark on the West Brom side over which he has recently taken charge. The latest speculation has linked the Baggies with another of Manchester City’s home-grown quota, this time they are interested in the out-of-favour midfielder, Jack Rodwell, according to reports in the English press.
The 23 year old has become a target for the Midlands club after Irvine described him as a ‘Rolls Royce player’. West Brom have already secured the signing of Joleon Lescott from the Etihad, but they are not prepared to stop there. Irvine knows Rodwell from his days as David Moyes’ assistant manager at Everton. A 16 year old Rodwell broke through the ranks there, and was tipped for big things.
So far, the midfielder’s career has not panned out how he would have hoped, however, and he has made just 7 Premier League starts for Manchester City. The Sky Blues paid £12 million for the youngster in 2012, but he has not been able to break into the first team at all. As a result, he is heavily tipped to leave the Etihad this summer, and West Brom could become a likely destination.
‘Jack is a very good player’ said Irvine, ‘I can’t imagine he is someone who will be available for a small fee’, he continued. That might be true, but following the free transfer of Lescott, the Hawthorns side might have a little extra money to spend than they had otherwise planned for.
From a Man City perspective, a Rodwell departure would not have a sizeable impact on their starting XI, or even their substitute’s bench. However, his exit would further diminish their already dwindling home-grown quota, and the Premier League champions will be under pressure to replace him.