West Brom are struggling in their bid to sign free agent Mario Mandzukic due to his wage demands, according to the Sunday People.
Journalists Tom Hopkinson and Neil Moxley have reported in the newspaper’s print edition [Sunday, September 13] that Slaven Bilic’s efforts to sign the 34-year-old striker will hit the skids unless he drops his wage demands.
Mandzukic is available after being released by Qatari side Al Duhail at the end of last season and is reportedly convinced that he can perform in a top European league again.
But it does not seem likely that he’ll be heading to The Hawthorns with the Baggies reluctant to push the boat out to sign him due to his age and how high his wage demands are.
West Brom are yet to sign a new centre-forward since winning promotion from the Championship with Callum Robinson lining up as the striker against Leicester on Sunday.
Robinson can play that role but let’s face it – he’s no Mandzukic, who is as proven a goalscorer that you can get.
Before he left Juventus in December 2019, Mandzukic had scored 44 goals in 162 appearances for the Serie A giants.
He also netted 48 goals in 88 Bayern Munich appearances and 20 goals in 43 appearances for Atletico Madrid before joining Juve.
Mandzukic has played for Croatia when fellow Croatian Bilic was in charge of their national team so the Albion manager is likely to know the striker well.
But the chances of him heading to the Black Country appear to be very slim.
West Brom are never ones for handing out big wages and due to the budget restrictions since winning promotion, we doubt they will break the mould for someone who might only have one or two good years left in him.
In other West Brom news, Richard Keys has tipped Bilic to leave The Hawthorns before Christmas.