Chelsea thumped Peterborough 4-1 in the FA Cup on Sunday, but Irish midfielder Chris Forrester turned in a solid performance nonetheless.
The former St. Patrick’s Athletic midfielder was involved in the League One side’s goal, and also played an excellent pass which directly led to John Terry’s red card.
According to Miguel Delaney, West Brom sent scouts to watch the Peterborough captain in action.
Tony Pulis is in the market for a midfielder, and the Baggies have been linked with Manchester United misfit Morgan Schneiderlin in recent weeks, and Forrester would certainly provide a cheaper – and perhaps more attainable – alternative.
West Brom will be familiar with Forrester, who starred against them when the Premier League side took on the Posh in an FA Cup clash in January.
Norwich reportedly also sent scouts to watch the former League of Ireland star, and Derby County, Reading and Brentford have all been credited with interest in the Irishman, and Forrester appears to be ready to move up at least one division.
Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has praised Forrester, and has warned that the 24 year old midfielder is “worth millions and millions”.
“Chris Forrester is the best midfielder by a mile in League One and plenty of big clubs are after him right now,” MacAnthony told the Irish Independent.
“Chris will go on and be sold for millions and millions and good luck to him if that happens because he has come to England, worked his socks off and turned himself into a top player.
“We bought him as a No.10 and turned him into a No.4 who dictates the play in front of the back four. It has been fantastic how he has grown into that role and it has been a joy to watch his development.”
The 24 year old is still awaiting his first Ireland cap, but McAnthony also believes the composed central midfielder should be in Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad.
“Trust me, Chris Forrester is good enough and he should be in the Ireland squad right now,” he said.