West Brom have been linked with a move for Rennes forward M’Baye Niang over the weekend.
The Baggies have struggled in their first two Premier League fixtures, with Callum Robinson failing to find the back of the net so far.
Slaven Bilic wants another forward at the Hawthorns, but their budget is restricted and the Albion may need to ger creative in their negotiations.
The Sun journalist Alan Nixon reported on Sunday that the Baggies are keen on Niang, with the only problem being the loan fee they will pay for the season.
Reporting on his personal Twitter account, Nixon claimed that if West Brom avoid relegation this season, a permanent deal is possible.
WEST BROM. Very keen to sign Niang from Rennes. Main argument seems to be over size of loan fee. Poss buy if stay up.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 20, 2020
The Baggies have been given a massive boost in their reported pursuit over the weekend though, with Niang missing Rennes’ clash with Monaco.
The Sun have reported that the Senegalese forward has had a huge bust-up with the French club, and is now desperate for a switch to the Hawthorns.
On one hand, this is great news as it should make Niang available, but on the other, will Bilic want to add a potential bad attitude to his squad?
There were reports surrounding Matheus Pereira and his terrible attitude before his move, and that hasn’t been a problem, so this may not be a problem for the Baggies.
What do the West Brom fans think? Many have reacted to the links, and have been delighted that Niang has become a target of the Albion.
West Brom News have picked out some of the best reactions below…
— #FreeFilip (@KipreSun) September 20, 2020
Niang scored 15 in 36 for Rennes last season. That's pretty good.
I thought he looked tidy at Watford even though he didn't score much. While I'd still prefer Grant, I think he'd be a good signing.#wba
— Cameron (@albion181094) September 20, 2020
@WBA get Niang done
— Jake (@WBAJake_) September 20, 2020
See his highlights comp, can confirm best striker in the world
— Lewis (@BilicSZN) September 21, 2020
If it happens, this could be shrewd. I remember Niang from the last World Cup where he looked an absolute powerhouse, and we need a striker who can physically dominate. Has a questionable past but so did Pereira and look how Bilic has got the most from him. I’m in favour!
— Dan Nash (@DanNash86) September 21, 2020
Pace in behind
— WBA Rainbow Stand 🅙 (@TheRainbowStand) September 20, 2020
For those who haven't seen the video on YouTube, it shows all his goals last year for Rennes, it's his actual goals not his best edited bits, looks a beast and natural finisher
— Andy Capp (@AndyCapp17) September 20, 2020
In other West Brom news, Slaven Bilic explains absence of Charlie Austin in defeat against Everton on Saturday