West Brom have entered the race to land Manchester United winger Dan James on loan.
New Baggies boss Sam Allardyce has made an inquiry regarding James’ availability in the January transfer window.
But he can expect stiff competition for the services of the Wales international as a number of Premier League rivals monitor the situation.
Leeds, who failed with a bid to sign James in the summer, Burnley and Brighton are also interested.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to decide whether the ex-Swansea playmaker, 23, will be needed during the second half of the season.
But with James’ first-team opportunities limited at the moment, the Norwegian may feel it makes sense to let him have regular action elsewhere.
Though he started and scored in the recent 6-2 thumping of Leeds, the £15million signing from Swansea had played only four times in the Premier League this term heading into the weekend.
Roy Keane heaped praise on Solskjaer for starting James in the win over Leeds, while pointing out how relieved the latter seemed when he broke his goalscoring duck at Old Trafford.
“He’s had a tough time. He’s had a tough time since he’s gone to United. He started off his career at United really well, but had a difficult few months," Keane told Sky Sports.
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“Again, credit to Ole – he probably thought it was gonna be his kind of game and it’s gonna be open. Going to United was a big move for him.
“Look at his face, it meant a lot to the kid and I’m delighted for him. Playing for Man United is not as easy as everyone thinks, there’s a lot of pressure.”
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