West Bromwich Albion look set to make a bid for Leicester City winger Ben Marshall after sending scouts to watch him in the last month, according to reports.

The 21-year-old joined the Foxes from Stoke City last January and has impressed at the East Midlands club.

Steve Clarke was spotted amongst the crowd when Leicester City took on Leeds United last week and reports suggest he was watching Marshall, with the intent of making a summer bid for the player.

The Baggies are looking to add players to a squad laden with uncertainty.

Players including Jerome Thomas and Marc-Antoine Fortune are out of contract in June, whilst the future of Dynamo Kyiv's on-loan defender Goran Popov is yet to be sorted.

Top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku will be returning to Chelsea when his loan deal expires at the end of the season, but he could return for another campaign.

Peter Odemwingie looks set to leave the Albion after his fall out with the club at the end of January.

In a recent interview with the Birmingham Mail, Clarke spoke about potential summer transfer targets.

"I went to watch a couple of games to broaden my knowledge of the players that are available and are possible targets for next season," said Clarke.

"Myself and my coaching staff have been out across Europe over the last three or four weeks looking at potential targets for next season.

"I’m not going to give too much away but we saw some good games and a lot of good players.

"This club have always had a contingency where they can scout targets for whichever division they're in.

"We have a well-organised scouting department so that's good for me.

"It means I can follow up information from a really good scouting department who have proven over the years they can find really good players.

"We will look nearer the summer but there is a possibility there will be three or four changes, four or five changes or maybe even five or six changes.

"You can never tell what's coming in the transfer system.

"We always tend to have a number of players who are on short-term or loan contracts.

"Obviously we've had a very good season and maybe some other, bigger clubs will show an interest in the players we've got but our job is to make sure we have a number of targets ready for to come in as and when we need to chase those players."

Ben Marshall is only 21-years-old and has been impressive since finding regular first-team action with Leicester City.

Starting his career with Stoke, the midfielder had loan spells at Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United before joining Sheffield Wednesday for five months in the summer of 2011.

Finding success in the Championship, Owls manager Gary Megson tried to sign Marshall on a permanent deal while Stoke offered him a new three-year contract.

Opting to make a move to the East Midlands, Marshall signed for Leicester on deadline day for a fee close to £1 million.

Spectacular goals in the Championship, as well a brilliant strike against Chelsea in the FA Cup lead to Marshall winning Leicester City’s Young Player of the Year Award despite spending only five months of the season with the Foxes.

The signing of Anthony Knockaert has seen Marshall fall down the pecking order at the Blues but he is still a valued member of Nigel Pearson’s squad. 

West Brom would have to make a high bid to prize him away from the promotion chasing Foxes, but the lure of Premier League football may be enough to convince Marshall that his future lies at the Hawthorns.


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