By Danny Wright

15th Jan, 2022 | 5:46pm

West Brom and Leeds United ready to 'break the bank' to sign Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi

West Brom seem intent on adding to their striker options based on an update from Kosovo in regards to Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi.

Kosovan journalist and commentator Arlind Sadiku, who works for ArtMotion, reported via his personal Twitter account on 13 January that Muriqi, 27, has unfollowed Lazio on his social media accounts and wants to return to Turkey.

However, it is understood that Lazio are desperate for cash and seem as though they would rather sell the ex-Fenerbahce striker to clubs in England.

Sadiku adds that West Brom and Leeds are both keen on signing Muriqi and that both clubs are “ready to break the bank for him”.

Albion have already made a major signing this month with USA striker Daryl Dike arriving from Orlando City.

The Athletic reports that the Baggies have paid at least £7million for Dike, so we would not expect much more money to be spent by the Black Country club this month.

But Sadiku seems adamant that Valerien Ismael has the funds to strengthen his attack by signing Muriqi as well.

It seems a bit farfetched, especially as West Brom could also keep hold of Jordan Hugill for the rest of the season even though he’s not impressed while on loan from Norwich.

Callum Robinson and Karlan Grant can also play up front and there’s also outcast Kenneth Zohore and young starlet Reyes Cleary.

Ismael doesn’t need any more additions in the striker area but based on the number of red cards, injuries and the impact of COVID, more signings would not go amiss at The Hawthorns.

Guochuan Lai visited the club recently and while there’s plenty to be said about Albion’s supposed owner, it does seem as though his arrival may have had an impact on recruitment.

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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