Ever since Ryad Boudebouz made it clear he was going to leave Montpellier in the summer, Premier League clubs have been linked with a potential transfer.
A price of €15m was reported to have been set, and while English outlets seemed to think it could be done for less, that isn’t the case, if Competition are to be believed.
The Algerian website say the Ligue 1 side ‘won’t accept a penny less’ than the £13m price tag, which shouldn’t be a problem for the clubs linked, which include Everton and West Brom.
West Brom have been on the case for a while now, which, considering their lack of goals last season, makes a lot of sense.
After all, any player capable of scoring 11 goals and assisting 10 in 34 appearances would be of interest to the Baggies, especially when available at such a reasonable price.
Tony Pulis seems very keen to add some firepower to his team for next year, as a second striker seems to also be on his wishlist, but adding goals from other areas on the pitch certainly makes sense.
As for Everton, Ronald Koeman looks to have a lot of money to play for, especially if/when Romelu Lukaku is sold in the coming months.
Adding someone like Boudebouz, capable of playing anywhere behind the striker, would help alleviate the lack of goals left by the Belgian’s exit, even with another goalscorer likely to come in to replace him.
While a lot of money for Montpellier, £13m is but a small dent in most Premier League club budgets, and while Lyon are also reportedly interested, Boudebouz has made it clear he’d like to play in the Premier League.
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