West Brom identify free-scoring Karlan Grant alternative

Slaven Bilic

West Brom need a strong end to the transfer window if they’re to enhance their chances of survival this season.

The Baggies have taken a solitary point from the opening three matches of the season and worryingly are conceding goals all over the shop.

They have shipped 11 goals over the course of the league season so far, meaning Luke Dowling needs to dip his hands into his pockets to find another defender or two. 

It’s perhaps surprising, therefore, that the focus is on signing a striker before the window is up.

Callum Robinson may have bagged twice against Chelsea last weekend but that doesn’t seem to matter, Bilic wants more options in a forward area.

Despite their woes defensively, few can blame the Croat for pursuing a further striker. Goals win you games and also keep you in the Premier League.

A number of players have been linked and it was reported earlier this week that talks had occurred with Islam Slimani and Leicester.

Callum Robinson

Express & Star claimed that he was low down on their shortlist of options, before revealing on Friday a name that was higher up.

That happens to be Metz forward Habib Diallo.

A player linked with both Chelsea and Spurs this year, it would represent a coup if they were able to beat some Premier League competition to sign the forward. 

It’s thought that Diallo is a ‘genuine alternative’ to number one target Karlan Grant and are now considering whether to move for the Senegal international. 

The 25-year-old has had a price tag of £10m slapped on his head but crucially for the Baggies, Metz could be willing to let him leave on loan if the deal then becomes permanent at a later date.

Habib Diallo heads the ball

GIVEMESPORT’S Matt Dawson says…

Diallo is a genuine goalscorer, something West Brom lack at the moment. 

Although he doesn’t possess any experience of the English game, he has scored 38 goals in the last two seasons, rising up the ranks of French football in impressive fashion.

In Ligue 2 throughout the 2018/19 campaign, he racked up 26 strikes and then when Ligue 1 was cancelled because of the ongoing pandemic last term, he was on 12 goals for the season.

That’s an impressive tally given he’d been playing lower league football the year previously.

Habib Diallo celebrates scoring for Metz

Although the Premier League is an even greater step-up, Diallo has already shown he’s capable of adapting quickly to the demands of more technical leagues. 

Furthermore, his physical presence leads us to believe he would feel right at home in England. He won a colossal 4.3 aerial duels per game for Metz last season. 

As well as being able to hit the net with great regularity, he knows how to bully defenders. That should serve West Brom well if they get a deal done. 

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