West Brom have set their sights on a summer move for Toulouse striker Rhys Healey, according to TEAMtalk.
The Englishman moved to France from MK Dons last year and has attracted attention with nine goals scored this term.
Albion and Middlesbrough are believed to be chasing the 26-year-old, while Sheffield United, Norwich and Bournemouth are also interested.
Planning for the summer
It seems West Brom are already planning for life in the Championship.
That is not necessarily a bad thing as our current position in the table is very precarious, but moving for Healey is a gamble.
He has proved himself a goalscorer this season by backing up the 11 goals he scored for MK Dons last term, from just 19 league games.
However, his only taste of Championship football is ten games for Cardiff between 2016-2018.
Neil Warnock was impressed with Healey during that time, describing him as a “threat and a nuisance”, but we do not think he is ready to lead the Albion attack.
By comparison, Mbaye Diagne is a player with vast experience on the international stage and for some high-profile clubs.
Healey may struggle to cope with the pressure of firing us back into the Premier League – if that is to be our task next season.
We would be better suited targeting a player with a proven track record in the Championship – Dwight Gayle for example.
£5m is also a hefty fee considering our limited January budget, particularly for a risk like Healey.
Healey will have to score a tonne of goals between now and the end of the season to persuade us that he is ready for the Baggies.
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