West Brom are among a trio of Premier League sides vying for the signature of QPR striker Lyndon Dykes, according to TEAMtalk.
The report claims Albion, alongside Newcastle United and Burnley, have been scouting the 25-year-old closely and are lining up bids.
Dykes has scored 12 goals in 40 Championship appearances since moving from Scottish side Livingston in August, but half of these have come in his last six games as he has really begun to hit the heights for the Hoops.
His recent resurgence has come about in part due to the indiscipline of Albion loanee Charlie Austin, who was firmly established as QPR’s number one striker until his suspension for a stamp against Nottingham Forest which has seen Dykes replace him for the past five matches.
Despite being a 6ft2in target man Dykes can “run like the wind” according to former Rangers and Scotland striker Billy Dodds. [BBC Sportsound, 13/11/20]
Dykes is certainly not known for his prolific nature, prior to his recent hot streak.
This is the first time that he has reached double figures in a domestic league season, and that includes three campaigns spent in the Scottish second-tier.
But he’s certainly been making his presence felt in the Championship.
According to statistics by Wyscout, only three players have been involved in more aerial duels than his 485, which works out as 13.97 per 90.
However, he’s still underperforming his xG by -1.44 and he’s only picked up two assists this season, with an xA of 0.06.
He’s not exactly a guarantee for goals but he could be a handy pick up on a cheap deal with the ability to unsettle defenders.
It’s a similar role to that undertaken by current Albion lone forward, Mbaye Diagne, who has frustrated with a measly two goals in 13 appearances but has proven to be a valuable source of respite, and a decent link-up player.
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