West Brom have struggled for goals at times this season, especially of late, netting in just one of the last seven Premier League games.
You can safely say, they wouldn’t find it so hard to score if they had secured a deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Since making a £11m move from Saint-Etienne to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2013, Aubameyang has become one of the top strikers in European football netting 113 goals and 33 assists in 181 appearances for the Bundesliga club, including 26 goals in 27 league games this season.
However, going back six years to 2011, the Gabon international forward could’ve been turning out for the Baggies, former West Brom Head of Scouting Stuart White has revealed.
White claims that the Baggies were tracking Aubameyang and were close to a deal for the striker during his days with AC Milan.
“I had been to Dijon on a Friday night to watch one player in particular, a centre forward who didn’t impress me at all,” White revealed in an interview with Planet Football.
“My ‘bonus game’ before flying home on the Sunday, was Auxerre v Saint-Etienne on the Saturday night. Saint-Etienne drew the game 2-2, but Aubameyang and Emmanuel Riviere were tremendous as a pair.
“I came back raving about Aubameyang, and as luck would have it his agent called me the following week, probably because he’d got to know that I had been at the game.
“He was obviously calling many clubs, but the lad was then a Milan player on loan at Saint-Etienne and he was interested in coming to England.
“The outline deal was explained to me and it was clear that he was going to be affordable so I recommended that we pursued it.
“On the back of my shout, a few more of our scouts went out to watch him a week or two later and he scored an early goal against Sochaux in a 2-1 defeat but didn’t impress sufficiently on the night, which can happen.
“He then went back to Saint-Etienne, scored 21 in 45 and was subsequently sold to Dortmund for 13million euros. He would have been a free loan to us with a 2million euros fee tied into the deal had we taken him.”
So, the Baggies turned down the chance to sign one of the hottest strikers in world football on loan with a view to buy for just €2m.
I guess you just have to live and learn.