By Danny Wright

13th Jan, 2022 | 7:10am

West Brom handed boost over Marcus Forss amid Sky Sports update on Brentford

West Brom have seen their chances of re-signing striker Marcus Forss from Brentford improve in the last 48 hours.

Football League World reported on 15 December that the Baggies were among a number of clubs keen on signing Forss, 22, ahead of the January transfer window.

Fulham, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Nottingham Forest were also credited with an interest in the Finland international.

On Tuesday [11 January], Sky Sports News reported that Brentford are in the hunt to sign a new striker this month in order to add some more competition for Ivan Toney.

And it is understood that means that Forss will be allowed to leave the West London club on loan for the rest of the season.

West Brom’s strike options have already been boosted this month by the arrival of USA international Daryl Dike from Orlando City.

However, Valerien Ismael’s options in the centre-forward role are still weak with Jordan Hugill and Kenneth Zohore failing to look like strikers for a top-end Championship team.

Hugill’s on loan at the Baggies from Norwich and there have already been reports suggesting he could return to Carrow Road by having his temporary deal cut short [Alan Nixon, The Sun].

And if Hugill does go back to Norwich, Forss is someone who would give Albion fans a little bit more hope.

The 22-year-old has scored five goals and supplied two assists in 10 appearances across all competitions for Brentford this season, although four of those were in a Carabao Cup thrashing of Oldham.

However, even if the Baggies played Oldham, you’d doubt that Hugill would come anywhere near to hitting the target, let alone bagging four goals.

After that game against Oldham, Brentford boss Thomas Frank was quoted by the Independent [21 September] as giving Forss “10 out of 10” for his performance.

Forss scored eight goals in 42 Championship appearances last season for Brentford but he only started 10 of those games, so he almost averaged a goal for every start.

He’s bound to have come on more since then and Sky’s update serves potentially as good news for Ismael and the Albion.

In other West Brom news, an ex-FIFA official wants a huge action made against Jake Livermore and Albion’s current crisis.

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