West Brom would reportedly prefer to make a move for Swiss international Haris Seferovic over Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne.
According to a report by Turkish news outlet SporX, Sam Allardyce is looking to bring Benfica striker Seferovic, 28, to England in January as he attempts to rescue his strugglers from the drop.
The Baggies find themselves 19th in the Premier league on just 11 points at the halfway stage and are in desperate need of some goalscorers.
Diagne, 29, was Big Sam’s initial target but the club are reportedly put off by the striker’s contract demands.
Galatasaray’s number 90 has been in good form this season, netting eleven times in 19 appearances, including a hattrick against Rizespor.
Alas, it appears Big Sam would favour Seferovic.
How does Seferovic compare to West Brom’s current options?
Seferovic has scored ten times this season in all competitions for Benfica, six more than Callum Robinson (3) and Karlan Grant (1) combined.
His three assists also better that of Robinson and Grant. The pair are yet to register an assist between them this season, although Robinson did win two penalties in the Baggies’ 3-2 win away to Wolves.
Seferovic has had 36 attempts on goal so far this season, seeing 47.2% of those hit the target [Wyscout]. Robinson and Grant have been limited to attempts, just the 34 between them (18 and 16).
Seferovic has completed 74.6% of his passes successfully, although Grant actually pips him with 76.9% of passes made.
West Brom’s strikers have had a torrid time this season in front of goal. A crucial point in their season is approaching. The next nine Premier League games see them face six of the bottom eight.
Big Sam will be aware of this and very keen to bring in a new striker in the last week of the transfer window. Whoever it is that the baggies bring in, it needs to be done quickly.
In other West Brom news, here’s the predicted line-up for the clash with Manchester City.