West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is eyeing up West Ham attacker Xande Silva, according to the Telegraph.
The newspaper claims that Bilic is “determined” to sign a new centre-forward before the transfer window slams shut next month and Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant and West Ham’s Silva are reportedly his top targets.
Silva, 23, has made just two first-team appearances for the Hammers since joining them from Portuguese club Vitoria in 2018.
It looked as though he was going to be the next big thing at the London Stadium when within days of joining the London club, he scored a stunning four-minute hat-trick in a Premier League 2 win against Tottenham.
As good as the former Portugal Under-20 international did in West Ham’s Under-23s, his march to the first-team was halted by a serious bowel issue, which led to him having surgery and missing a good chunk of last season.
Silva is fit again and scored three goals in three Premier League 2 matches last term before the season was called to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic – but is he good enough to help West Brom avoid relegation from the top-flight?
Silva can play as a striker but he’s very much seen as a wide player and that, coupled with his lack of experience, suggests to use that Bilic is kidding himself if he thinks this is the forward who can stop the Baggies suffering instant relegation back to the Championship.
Huddersfield’s Grant scored 19 goals last season, is a natural striker and also has Premier League experience.
Grant’s bound to cost more money than Silva, who’s in the final year of his contract at the London Stadium [transfermarkt] but you have to spend the money in order to improve the squad and we don’t see how Silva can offer something the Albion attack doesn’t already have.
In other West Brom news, Richard Keys has tipped Bilic to leave The Hawthorns before Christmas.