West Brom are among the clubs keeping tabs on Standard Liege attacker Michel-Ange Balikwisha, according to Le Soir.
The Belgian news outlet claims Premier League rivals Brighton are also interested in the 19-year-old who has struck seven times in the Belgian top-flight in his breakout season.
Meanwhile, Standard’s domestic rivals Club Brugge have attempted to edge ahead in the race and they made official contact earlier this week, with the two clubs entering discussions over a potential move.
Balikwisha only made his senior debut in September but his progress has been duly noticed on the international scene with Belgium, his country of birth who he has represented at youth level, and Congo both hoping to persuade him to pledge his allegiance to them.
He recently told DH Net: “I haven’t made my final choice yet. Belgium selected me and I didn’t say no. But if the Congo comes back, I won’t say no, either.”
Considering his tender years Balikwisha has been a revelation in Belgium this season.
WhoScored statistics paint him as a versatile forward who can play across the front line, with six starts each on the left and centre of the attack, with another five on the right-hand side.
According to Wyscout he is outperforming his 0.28 xG by 0.13 and he hits the target with 57.1% of his shots.
He looks to be a quick and mobile centre-forward with a knack of scoring goals, but one area he does lack in severely is in the air.
He has won just six aerial duels in the Belgian First Division A to give him a success rate of 22.2%, a very measly figure.
Balikwisha also failed to score in any of his six Europa League matches before Standard crashed out of a group containing Rangers and Benfica.
Clearly he has a lot to learn and areas to develop on but given that this is his maiden season in senior football he has certainly put himself in the shop window for a move.
It might represent a risk but the way he is progressing, Albion might have to take the plunge to avoid being left behind in the race for his signature with bigger clubs sure to be sniffing around if he keeps up his unnerving accuracy in front of goal.
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