Stoke City recently had a £2 million bid rejected from West Bromwich Albion for Brandon Thomas-Asante and have been dealt a further blow in their pursuit of the attacker.
Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas was the first to declare that the Potters’ offer for the 24-year-old was rebuffed by the Baggies but also revealed that Stoke were considering submitting another bid.
Daily Mail reporter Tom Collomosse has added a further development to the story, claiming that West Brom have slapped a £5 million price on Thomas-Asante’s back.
Furthermore, Collomosse has stated that a deal for the former Salford City forward is still on the cards in theory but no suitor has even remotely come close to the Midlands club’s asking price, with Stoke’s £2 million being the closest but still way off.
Thomas-Asante moved to the Hawthorns last summer for a reported £300k and ended the 2022/23 campaign as West Brom’s top goalscorer with nine goals in all competitions, including seven in the Championship.
The former MK Dons man has had a great start to the current season too, bagging twice in three league outings thus far which is perhaps why West Brom are asking for £5 million.
Do West Brom need to sell?
Back in May, it was revealed that West Brom were suffering from financial difficulties as owner Lai Guochuan had withdrawn £7 million from the club to provide relief to other businesses he owned, as articulated by the Daily Mail.
In addition, the Chinese businessman failed in his promise to settle a £5 million debt carried over from the previous ownership.
Given the club’s need to free up funds quickly, perhaps West Brom may look to accept lower than their £5 million price tag for Thomas-Asante.
Thomas-Asante is certainly worth more than £2 million and one could even argue that £5 million is a fair reflection of his worth to Carlos Corberan’s team.
However, given the club’s financial situation, it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see the Baggies come down from their initial price tag.