West Brom looking to beat Newcastle United to international wideman if ex-Chelsea star refuses move

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West Bromwich Albion are considering a move for Kerim Frei, according to reports.

The Express note that Tony Pulis is keen to bolster his options during the January window, and sees Frei as a potential upgrade for the Baggies.

Frei is currently unwanted at Turkish giants Besiktas, with the Istanbul giants understood to be touting the international around to various clubs.

The tabloid report that Frei is something of a backup option for the Baggies, with the club making Queens Park Rangers winger and Scottish international Matt Phillips—who shone sporadically as the Hoops dropped out of the Premier League last season—their top priority.

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However, the Mirror note that Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink—who recently took over at QPR—may be able to convince Phillips to stick around and help the London side back to the top flight.

However, Frei, who is also wanted by Newcastle United and Norwich City on loan, could be an effective—if unpredictable—option for the Black Country outfit.