Barca’s Alcacer move a boost for Baggies

Barcelona appear to have moved away from West Brom striker Salomon Rondon having held positive talks with Valencia for Paco Alcacer.

West Brom: Barca's Alcacer move a boost for BaggiesWest Brom: Barca's Alcacer move a boost for Baggies

The Baggies were rocked by speculation on Wednesday that Barca officials had included their £12million record signing on a shortlist of attacking options to bring in as back-up to the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

It could have resulted in the club losing two of their key forwards with less than a fortnight of the transfer window remaining, as the future of Saido Berahino remains uncertain.

However, fresh reports are now suggesting that Barca officials have opened negotiations with Valencia owner Peter Lim and president Lay Hoon about a deal for Alcacer.

And while the La Liga outfit are not keen to lose the 22-year-old Spain international, it’s believed initial talks have been positive because Barca will be willing to allow one of their players to move in the opposite direction to sweeten the deal.

The news will be music to the ears of Baggies boss Tony Pulis, who is looking to add another striker to his ranks to link up with Rondon in the window rather than lose the Venezuela international.

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