West Brom are set to challenge Southampton in a bid to buy the Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany, reports the Daily Mail. The Baggies are looking to increase their attacking options next season, and Biabiany has been highlighted as a man to do that.
Alan Irvine and the Hawthorns side have offered £6 million for the Frenchman as they look to fend of interest from Southampton and Inter Milan. Biabiany started his career at Milan, but has represented Parma for the past two seasons. Clocking up 141 appearances for the Italian club, the wide midfielder has also scored 21 goals during his time there.
Both West Brom and Southampton are looking to increase their attacking options ahead of next season, as each side looks to break into the top half of the Premier League table. Both clubs are under new management heading into the new season, and their squads are likely to have changed a lot by the time they line up for their first Premier League game.
At Southampton the changes have been particularly well-publicised as the south coast side have seen their first-team picked apart in the transfer window so far. For Ronald Koeman, the remainder of the summer is an exercise in rebuilding having lost Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert and Calum Chambers to top English sides so far.
West Brom are hoping that the Saints rebuild is done without Biabiany, though, as they take a lead in the race to sign him. Premier League survival will be the primary aim for the Baggies next season, but if they sign a player of the calibre of Biabiany then they might hold even higher aspirations.