Report: West Brom in talks to sign £14m man Mourinho called 'very good player'

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The Premier League’s £14 million forgotten man could be on the move again with West Brom and Championship rivals Reading looking to sign Chelsea misfit Abdul Baba Rahman on loan, as reported by Ghana Soccernet. 

It’s seven years now since the Stamford Bridge outfit splashed out an eye-watering sum on a talented young left-back who had turned plenty of heads in the Bundesliga with Augsburg; His swashbuckling bursts down the left-hand side drawing comparisons with a young Gareth Bale in some quarters. 

To say he struggled to live up to expectations in West London would be an understatement.  

The last time Rahman featured for his parent club – back in 2016 – Betrand Traore, Alexandre Pato and Thibaut Courtois were still Chelsea players. And after a series of loan spells, the 28-year-old Ghana international looks set to be on the move again. 

West Brom hope to sign Chelsea’s Abdul Baba Rahman

According to reports, Reading want Rahman back after an impressive spell at the Madejski last term. Royals boss Paul Ince didn’t sound too confident on Thursday, however, when asked about a potential return for the 44-cap full-back 

“If we didn’t have (a transfer) embargo, we could go and get a player,” Ince tells Berkshire Live. “But because of the embargo, we have to be careful. There are one or two (left-backs) out there. But we have to wait for another week before we can make that decision.” 

By that time, Rahman could be a West Brom player.  

Ghana Soccernet say that the Baggies have been in touch with Rahman’s representatives, and are ‘hopeful’ that a deal can be agreed. What’s more, the former Middlesbrough man is looking to stay in England, despite offers from France and Germany.  

West Brom have just one first-team left-back at their disposal as things stand; Conor Townsend. But Steve Bruce indicated earlier this week, via the Express and Star, that Albion could make use of the loan market with Premier League clubs – like Chelsea – looking to find new homes for players not part of their immediate plans. 

“Baba is really good with the ball,” former Blues boss Jose Mourinho said during Rahman’s debut season at the Bridge. “He’s very fast. He’s a good player for sure and we trust him.” 

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