There is plenty of interest in our fringe players, Ryan Mason has been the subject of a lot of interest and Nacer Chadli is a player that would improve many a side. There was talk of Borussia Dortmund, but that seemed strange given they were well stocked with wide attackers. Ten there was Swansea City, who he turned a loan move down to last summer.
WBA are the latest club to attempt to sign him. As with many though they want him on loan which is no good to us unless there is a purchase deal at the end of the period.
The 27-year-old (28 next August) Belgian international is under contract until 2018 so a loan deal would leave us with a player going into the final year of his contract next summer and thus we couldn't command a great fee. A loan deal would need a set price purchase option now, the loan fee and the transfer fee combining to make a reasonable transfer fee for him.
Chadli has been told he'll be spending a lot of time on the bench, which isn't going to do his international career any good. He hasn't even made the bench for the first three games of the season with Poxhettino preferring to develop the youth at the club.
That has prompted him to look elsewhere and WBA have agreed a £13-million (€15.25m - AUS$22.56m - US$17.98m) deal. He is expected for a medical at their training ground later today.