West Brom are getting a ‘steal’ after they completed the cut-price capture of Cedric Kipre from Wigan Athletic, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds forward said West Brom can develop the powerhouse defender themselves and make profit on him down the line.
The Baggies confirmed the capture of the 23-year-old on Friday morning, with the Express and Star reporting a fee of around £900,000.
Kipré announced. ☑️
We're delighted to welcome defender Cedric Kipré to The Hawthorns on a four-year contract ✍️ pic.twitter.com/BLIPR6HwiE
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 4, 2020
The Paris-born centre-back joins Antonee Robinson, Jamal Lowe, Kieffer Moore and Joe Gelhardt out of the door at the DW Stadium as the club seeks to raise quick funds.
Club captain Sam Morsy could be next, with Middlesborough interested in the 28-year-old, as revealed by Football Insider.
Whelan told Football Insider: “It’s a win-win there for West Brom. I’ve seen him play before, very strong, very dominant in the air, good pace about him, he’s a very good competitor.
“For £1million you can’t really go wrong. I feel sorry for Wigan because I’m sure if they were in the Championship they’d be able to demand a little bit more, especially for Robinson who went for £2million which is an absolute steal.
“Unfortunately, the financial predicament they’re in, they need to get the money in the club to survive and that’s just the way it is for Wigan and it’s unfortunate because these players usually would go for four, five times that amount.
“People taking advantage of a derelict house and getting a steal and progressing a player themselves and maybe getting a profit in the long term.”
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