West Brom could face significant competition for the services of Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, and supporters are not exactly shocked by the update.
According to Turkish outlet Aksam, Leicester City are the latest club to register their interest in the 26-year-old hitman.
Fellow Turkish outlet Yenek Safak reported recently that Albion have made Muriqi their number one priority in this summer’s transfer window.
The forward is understood to be valued at around £18.2 million by his current employers.
Not only would that be a club record fee for the Baggies, but if we were to land him, it would also mean fighting off interest from the Foxes over the coming weeks.
If Albion can do that, however, they could land themselves a really decent player.
As previously discussed by West Brom News, the Kosovo international is a big physical presence with a deceivingly assured touch and a real eye for goal.
As per Wyscout, he has averaged an impressive 8.91 aerial duels per game this term, winning 53.4% of those.
Both of those figures are higher than Charlie Austin’s average.
Likewise, Muriqi has won 8.04 more duels per 90 minutes – aerial or otherwise – than the 30-year-old this term, with a win ratio that is superior by 6.8%.
Having somebody who could lead a line in that manner would be a real boost for Albion, and missing out on him would be a blow – especially if he really is Slaven Bilic’s main priority.
But most fans seem relatively unfazed by the news.
After season upon season of missing out on targets, Muriqi signing for somebody else would probably feel like a raindrop in the ocean to most supporters.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, would any of us really be that shocked?
Here are some of the best tweets from fans on social media:
Classic. Wednesday have released Nuhui. Basically the same player just 3 stone heavier 🤷🏻♂️
— Tom Bettam (@tbettam1) July 31, 2020
It's all rubbish. Probably never interested anyways.
— TalkWBA (@TalkWBA) July 31, 2020
We’re West Brom ffs we never get anything done🤣 shouldn’t be suprised
— Arjun Kang (@ArjunKang5) July 31, 2020
Surprise surprise 😒
— Ned J (@NedJ55135980) July 31, 2020
Imagine my shock
— Aaron Fowler (@Aaron1Fowler) July 31, 2020
If he would rather warm the bench behind Vardy, more fool him.
— Aaron Walker (@Gallagherlad95) July 31, 2020