By Nick Ware

11th Aug, 2021 | 9:10am

West Brom in talks to sign Colombian striker Mateo Cassierra

West Brom are in talks to sign 24-year-old Colombian striker Mateo Cassierra, according to Portuguese news outlet Mais Futebol.

It is claimed that the West Midlands club opened negotiations earlier this week to sign the Belenenses attacker whose contract expires in the summer of 2022.

However, the details of the deal are being kept “confidential” by the parties involved.

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Cassierra enjoyed a successful 2020/21 campaign with Belenenses, scoring 10 goals in 32 Primeira Liga appearances to fire the Lisbon-based outfit to a mid-table finish, six points clear of the relegation zone.

He joined in 2019 from Dutch giants Ajax, a club he spent three years at after leaving his homeland in 2016.

The South American shone for Jong Ajax, the reserve side, finishing as their top scorer with 18 goals during the 2017/18 campaign, but ultimately he failed to make the grade at the Amsterdam Arena.

But he looks to have revived his European career in Portugal, and while he may not have scored bucketloads, his six-foot-one-inch physique allows him to hold defenders off and bring other attackers into play.

That may be something that has attracted West Brom to him – Valerien Ismael had the powerful presence of Daryl Dike centre-forward for Barnsley last season, and the Frenchman may be looking to replicate that at The Hawthorns with Albion short on striking options at present.

Cassierra is also likely to get many more opportunities to score if he makes the switch to West Brom with the Baggies likely to be dominating many games in the Championship as Ismael spearheads a promotion push.

At Benelenses, chances were few and far between for Cassierra as they battled to survival against bigger clubs in the division, so expect him to up his goal tally in England if he makes the move.

In other West Brom news, an English club have made an approach to sign this Albion player.

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