BAGGIES MAKE MOVE FOR CAREW
Friday 9th July 2004
Premiership new-boys West Bromwich Albion are believed to be on the verge of sealing a shock deal for Norwegian striker John Carew.
The Baggies are looking to bolster their squad substantially as they look to make a second assault on The Premiership.
The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Serie A giants Roma bagging six goals.
He has now returned to Valencia - the club he joined from Rosenborg in 2000 - but he looks very much surplus to requirements at Mestalla.
New coach Claudio Ranieri has recently signed Lazio star Bernardo Corradi, and he joins a striking stable that already boasts Mista, Juan Sanchez, Miguel Angel Angulo, Salva and Ricardo Oliveira.
Sources in Spain are now suggesting that West Brom have agreed a ?4 million (Ł2.6 million) fee with the Spanish champions.
The Baggies are also willing to offer Carew ?1.6 million-a-year, for three seasons - although the Scandinavian hit-man does have other options.
When asked about West Brom, his agent Per A Flod would only say: "John is considering a number of options."
Paris Saint Germain are also thought to be interested, but the lure of The Premiership could be enough for West Brom to clinch his signature.
West Brom manager Gary Megson is a known admirer of Carew - as he attempted to sign him in 2002, the last time his guided his side into the top flight.
He failed to convince Carew at that juncture that The Hawthorns was the right move for him, but the player now looks to have changed his mind of the virtues of a move to West Brom.
Meanwhile, West Brom are understood to be closing in on Middlesbrough midfielder Jonathan Greening.
Megson made an approach earlier this month and now it is believed that a fee of close to Ł2 million has been agreed.