Everton and Liverpool are plotting bids for West Brom forward Salomon Rondon in the final week of the January transfer window, according to a report.
The Sun claimed in their live transfer blog on Wednesday that the two Merseyside rivals are considering making a move for Rondon, 28, although he is said to be settled at the Hawthorns and not looking to leave.
It is understood that West Brom would want over £15million for the Venezuela international, who moved to the Black Country from Zenit St Petersburg for £12million in August 2015.
The former Malaga and Rubin target man has struggled to find a regular goalscoring rhythm in the Premier League though and has scored just 23 times in 105 appearances in England’s top flight – with just three coming this season.
Rondon was involved in a nasty incident at Goodison Park on Saturday where he accidentally broke James McCarthy’s leg after the Everton midfielder attempted to block his shot.
The powerhouse centre-forward, known for his physicality and aerial prowess, was clearly devastated after the incident but has since earned heaps of support from the Toffees supporters.
Football Insider verdict
It would not make sense for Liverpool to have any interest in Rondon. He does not fit Jurgen Klopp’s system and would be well down the pecking order should be move to Anfield. Everton though could do with an extra forward, but the West Brom target man just would not want to leave the Hawthorns. Although he struggles for goals he is a very popular figure at the Baggies and fans would probably not want to lose him. Alan Pardew is widely expected to cash in on Jonny Evans this month in order to fund a move for another striker, so the Albion would not need to try and offload Rondon.