Felipe Caicedo is repeatedly linked with a move away from Espanyol, and now West Brom have been dragged into the situation. The Ecuadorian striker has been given just 450 La Liga minutes so far this season, scoring a solitary goal.
On January 23rd, Espanyol specialists Diario La Grada reported that Villarreal were keen to take the player on loan, but only wanted to contribute 50% towards his wages, and wouldn’t accept a compulsory purchase option. Villarreal would, however, accept a loan which saw some kind of financial penalty if they didn’t sign the player permanently.
At the same time it was claimed an unnamed English club were also keen on a loan, and would pay the player’s wages in full, and also a €400k loan fee.
Later on the same day, Cadena Ser and AS both named West Brom and suggested a permanent deal could be possible, with Brighton and Hove Albion also dragged into it. Strangely Cadena Ser credited AS and AS credited Cadena Ser.
Espanyol are keen to get rid of Caicedo because he’s on high wages after signing for free in 2014, and he isn’t justifying those wages.
If they can push 28 year old Caicedo to West Brom or elsewhere then Espanyol will try and sign 33 year old Sergio Garcia.
Garcia was a fan favourite, for good reason, at Espanyol for five seasons, before joining Al-Rayyan in 2015.
West Brom can almost certainly sign Caicedo if they so wish, but it doesn’t sound the most attractive of propositions.