Late last month, we explained that West Brom might get a second chance at trying to sign Ignacio Camacho from Malaga.
The 27-year-old midfielder was a target for the Baggies last summer despite the transfer never coming off, but with the player recently explaining renewal talks with the La Liga side were at a moot point, another opportunity was presenting itself.
Links to both Camacho and William Carvalho suggest Tony Pulis is actively looking for a defensive midfielder, but they could face a lot of competition for both.
Plaza Deportiva in Spain report on Friday that Valencia, who have just hired Villarreal’s Marcelino as their new manager, are targeting the Malaga defensive midfielder for the summer transfer window.
According to the Spanish website, Valencia believe they have an advantage over the rest of the pack, which also includes Atlético Madrid, as they have let the West Brom target know he is their number one choice for the role.
While the financial power of Premier League clubs like the Baggies could overwhelm them, the La Liga side believe their project, especially with Marcelino, will be attractive enough to beat everyone to Camacho.
A lot will rest on whether the Malaga defensive midfielder wants a new adventure in a different country, or if he prefers to stay in Spain in a league he knows well.
Camacho’s comments in October, when talking about West Brom’s approaches, made it clear he was keen on a deal: “England has a far superior pulling power (than Spain). I’d like for people to understand what it meant for me and how good it was. In the end, football is a short-term career, and there are many things we want to live through.
“Football wise, it was a long term project where they wanted to sign players. To say I would only have gone for the project would be lying to you. I’ve always been sincere.”