By Joe Ellis

31st Dec, 2021 | 1:40pm

MLS Goal Machine on Baggies shortlist - Three strikers West Brom should sign in January

An important January transfer window is fast approaching for West Brom with one very simple target: Goals.

The Baggies have struggled in front of goal all season having scored just 30 league goals all season, much less than their promotion rivals.

But the transfer window allows manager Valerien Ismael to potentially solve West Brom’s problem.

Daryl Dike – Orlando City

Right at the top of Ismael’s wish list, according to 90Min, is one of his former hotshots, Daryl Dike whose Major League Soccer season in the United States has ended with Orlando City.

The US international bagged double figures in just 18 games in the States and is reportedly keen on a return to England after his successful spell at Barnsley last season.

During that loan spell in Yorkshire, Dike helped Barnsley to the Championship playoff places where the Baggies currently sit but they will be hopeful that Dike’s arrival could catapult them towards the automatic promotion places.

Dwight Gayle – Newcastle United

When you need goals in the Championship, there’s only one man you should call, just as West Brom did back in 2018-19.

Dwight Gayle has terrorised Championship defences throughout his career and a lack of game time at Newcastle United, where he reportedly earns £40,000-a-week [Sun] in the Premier League has seen the Englishman linked with a return to The Hawthorns [Telegraph].

Ex-West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer suggested in GiveMeSport that a move for Gayle could happen and that he would be an ideal player to fix their problems.

Callum LangWigan Athletic

Perhaps the outsider in the debate, the Express and Star reported that Wigan Athletic attacker Callum Lang was on West Brom’s list of potential targets.

The 23-year-old has been hitting form for the Latics although their recent games have been postponed for COVID-19 related issues.

Eight goals this season has helped Wigan to third in the League One standings along with a quartet of assists and an ability to play either through the middle or even out wide if required.

In other West Brom news, this Baggies youngster almost joined Manchester City before penning a new deal at the Hawthorns.