West Bromwich Albion are battling in the relegation zone and to improve their chances of staying in the Premier League, the Baggies made a few signings in the last window.
Okay Yokuşlu was one of the new faces to arrive at The Hawthorns and he joined them on a loan deal from Celta Vigo on the winter deadline day.
Before signing the Turkey international, Sam Allardyce’s side looked at Real Betis’ William Carvalho to strengthen the defensive midfield position.
According to La Razón, Los Verdiblancos ‘rejected an offer’ from the English club for the 28-year-old.
That’s because West Brom were only interested in taking the Portugal international on a loan deal without any additional conditions. Real Betis, on the other hand, wanted to include a ‘purchase option’ and this was not accepted by Allardyce’s side.
Despite turning down West Brom’s offer, the La Liga side’s idea is to sell the player after this season. It’s claimed Loren Morón and William Carvalho will be sacrificed to improve the club’s financial situation, which is why Real Betis will ‘listen to offers’ for the duo.
La Razón adds there’s belief at Real Betis the money for Carvalho’s transfer could arrive from Portugal as Sporting and Benfica are keen to ‘take over his services’.
Jorge Jesus’ presence at Benfica could favour them over Sporting for the player’s signing.
With Real Betis willing to sell the midfielder, the Baggies will have another opportunity to sign Carvalho in the summer, if they manage to stay in the top division. The task could be difficult because West Brom are 11 points behind 17th placed Newcastle United.