West Brom loanee Mbaye Diagne will likely only join the club permanently if Albion survive relegation, according to Joseph Masi.

The journalist provided an update on the situation on Saturday, stating he is ‘90% sure’ the striker will only continue at The Hawthorns if West Brom remain in the Premier League.

That conflicts with an earlier report from Fotospor, which states Albion have a chance to sign Diagne regardless of the outcome of this season.

Per Fotospor, the only effect relegation would have on a possible deal is that it would reduce the price Albion would have to pay.

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Big impact

Diagne has hit the ground running in the Premier League and although he has just one goal to his name he has undoubtedly improved the attack.

We now have a focal point to play off and a target for crosses into the box.

His performance against Manchester United last week evidenced that, with the 29-year-old scoring a header but also missing two other big chances following crosses.

Diagne showed his skill on the ball against Burnley, too, with a powerful run seeing him take the ball past James Tarkowski before smashing a shot onto the bar.

He should have scored but he is getting in the right areas which is a good sign.

The thought of him leading the line in the Championship is a mouthwatering prospect so Masi’s update is not good news.

Diagne will be keen to play at the highest level but we could encourage him to stay even if we do go down.

A lucrative offer and a display of our ambition to get back to the top-flight will be key.

We would also have to make a strong bid to Galatasaray, but signing Diagne permanently would be worth the outlay.

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