Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi on his way to England to sign for West Brom
Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi is travelling to the UK in order to sign for West Brom, according to A Spor.
The Turkish broadcaster reported via their official Twitter account on Thursday [13 January] that Muriqi, 27, is set to join the Baggies this month.
Italian outlet LaLazioSiamoNoi reported on 11 January that Leeds and Hull are also interested in the 37-times Kosovo international.
Valerien Ismael only plays one striker at a time and he’s already added to that position this month with Daryl Dike arriving on a permanent basis from Orlando City.
It remains to be seen how much a player like Muriqi would be worth as he plays for Italian giants Lazio.
He’s struggled for game-time in Rome this season, playing 14 times in all competitions – starting once – and failing to score a single goal.
As a Championship club, we shouldn’t be turning our noses up at a striker from one of Serie A’s biggest teams – but we simply don’t need Muriqi.
Ismael, right now, has Dike, Callum Robinson, Karlan Grant, Jordan Hugill and even Kenneth Zohore to play up front.
While most of those options are not appealing, there are other areas in the squad that need to be strengthened now before more depth is added to the centre-forward position.
We feel that the only way Albion would sign another striker would be if Hugill’s loan is terminated and someone like Zohore is sold.
But even then, Ismael would have Robinson and Grant.
Don’t get excited by this one, Albion fans. The Turkish media have been so wide of the mark in the past that we doubt there’s much weight to this.
In other West Brom news, an ex-FIFA official wants a huge action made against Jake Livermore and Albion’s current crisis.