Ligue 1 club Metz have offered West Brom and Sheffield United the chance to sign their “star striker” Habib Diallo, according to Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth.
Diallo, 25, scored 12 goals in 26 Ligue 1 appearances last season before the French campaign was curtailed early due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Only five players scored more goals in Ligue 1 last season than the Senegal international with Kylian Mbappe, Moussa Dembele and Neymar among those to outscore him.
And now, West Brom have reportedly been handed a chance to land Diallo for a £6million loan fee with Metz in a financial crisis.
However, if Albion are relegated, Metz would pay back that loan fee but Sheth does add that he hasn’t had this report confirmed just yet.
“I’ve just been getting some information regarding some players who’ve been playing in France – and this is unconfirmed at the moment,” Sheth said on Sky Sports’ Transfer Show, as quoted on the live transfer blog on Friday [07:26pm].
“But one player called Habib Diallo – a centre forward for Metz – scored 12 times in Ligue 1 before it was curtailed last season, has been offered to both West Brom and Sheffield United.
“Such is Metz’s dire financial situation at the moment, they’re willing to let their star striker go for a £6million loan fee. If the club he’s loaned to in the Premier League are relegated, Metz are willing to pay that loan fee back.”
Diallo seems like the kind of striker that West Brom should be wanting to sign because his goals last season managed to help Metz avoid relegation to Ligue 2.
Albion need someone who can stick the ball in the back of the net to keep them in the Premier League and Diallo has proven at Metz that he can do that.
However, there is a big gulf between the Premier League and Ligue 1 and West Brom might be better off signing someone who has experience of playing in the Premier League.
It seems like a lot to pay £6milion for a loan but if Diallo scores to goals to keep the Baggies up then it could be a bargain.
And Metz’s offer to return that fee if the Black Country club is relegated means there is not much risk involved in this deal in financial terms.
In other West Brom news, Paul Merson has slammed the Baggies for signing this player.