West Brom are on the verge of missing out on signing Union Berlin striker Sebastian Andersson with him set to join FC Koln, according to Kicker.
The German magazine reported on Tuesday that Andersson, 29, has completed a medical with Koln ahead of signing a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club.
It is understood that the Swedish striker will cost Koln just £5.5million.
West Brom have been on the hunt for a new striker ever since winning promotion to the Premier League last season and even though the new campaign kicked off last week, Slaven Bilic and Luke Dowling are yet to secure one.
In July, Guardian journalist Ed Aarons reported that Andersson was a centre-forward who the Baggies wanted to sign while Kicker added that the Sweden international would be interested in a move to the Premier League.
Andersson scored 12 goals in 33 appearances as he made his Bundesliga debut last season for Union Berlin to keep the newly-promoted club in Germany’s top-flight.
West Brom need a striker who can have a similar effect at The Hawthorns this season with the side in desperate need of someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net.
In the Championship, Hal Robson-Kanu and Charlie Austin failed to score more than 10 goals each and in two pre-season games and the Leicester match, Bilic failed to see his side score a goal.
Andersson would have been a welcome – and cheap – addition to the Baggies squad but he’s not set on joining Koln.
In other West Brom news, three players could earn their Albion debuts against Harrogate this week.