West Bromwich Albion appear to be back in the race to sign Palermo forward Franco Vazquez – who remains keen on a move away from Serie A. The Argentine-born Italy international looks set to leave the club this summer having expressed an interest in playing overseas, with Tottenham Hotspur among the clubs tracking his progress.
Outspoken Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has already confirmed that both Spurs and Premier League champions Leicester City are among the clubs to have lodged an interest. The club chief has also established his asking price for the player, with the Serie A club demanding £19.5m ($28.8m) in the upcoming transfer window.
But despite Vazquez seemingly being on course to move to Tottenham or Leicester – both of whom will play in the Champions League next season – West Brom remain in the race for the 27-year-old. Rosanero vice president Guglielmo Micciche believes the Baggies are ready to begin talks with Vazquez, following discussions with Serie A giants AC Milan.
"Our sporting director Rino Foschi has informed us that the club is in negotiations with some English clubs for Franco Vazquez," said Micciche to calciomercato.com. "Among this selection I think there is West Bromwich Albion.
"I can only say that we've talked to AC Milan, but negotiations have been put on hold due to their plans to sell the club. Vazquez knows that some Premier League clubs want to sign him and he has informed us he wants to move abroad.
"He [president Zamparini] has decided the best price for the player. We believe that it will be easier for us to sell him abroad because it will be difficult to find Italian suitors willing to meet our requests."
On 14 June, Vazquez said he was only considering offers from Chelsea or Tottenham this summer, after Palermo had rejected an offer from West Brom. His future remains no clearer, though the player is keen on a move to the Premier League.
"I can confirm the words of the club president, I have no preference between Italy and the Premier League, I want to consider all offers," he told Gazzetta Giallorossa. "My agent is taking care of my future. I do know if my next team will be Tottenham or Chelsea. I just received an offer from West Brom that was rejected by Palermo."