West Brom have been linked with a possible move for Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere, according to the Daily Mail.
The Birmingham-based club stated at the start of the week that they were interested in signing the French international, but the price tag of up to £8 million had been thought to have put them off the 24-year-old. However, the latest news is that the striker could move for half of the initial price, making it a much more appealing option. It was rumoured that Stoke City were also considering bidding for the striker but have decided to look at other options.
Make the first move
No official bid has been made by the Baggies although the two clubs have been in discussions regarding a moving for the striker. The Martinique-born player has represented France at every level up to the under 21 team scoring 13 goals combined between the age stages.
The 22-year-old has made 40 appearances since moving to the South France club in 2013, scoring 14 times. He moved for around €4 million after spending two seasons at Toulouse where he failed to repeat the form that had seen him score 22 goals in 73 matches for St Etienne between 2009 and 2011. He still has three years left to run on his current contract with Monaco.
Options in attack
West Brom will be looking to strengthen their attacking options after failing to inspire going forward last season, narrowly avoiding relegation ending the season 17th. Their top scorers, Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino, only managed to score five goals each, unaided by the rest of the team.
Berahino performed well in his first season in the Premier League but needs more assistance from the rest of the squad as cannot yet be classed as one of the most dangerous scorers in the league. The signing of Nicolas Anelka ended up providing more negative press than a multitude of goals and Baggies fans will be hoping to avoid a farce like that again.
Bringing a player of Riviere is important as West Brom try and replicate the form they showed two seasons ago, when Romelu Lukaku led the attacking lines. With the 24-year-old proving himself in Ligue 1, it could be a possibility. A complication may come when trying to agree personal terms after a possible transfer to Stoke City last summer collapsed after both parties failed to be meet each other’s expectations.
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