West Bromwich Albion desperately need to sign a striker before the January transfer window shuts as they’re the third-lowest Premier League scorers with just 11 goals and don’t have a player in the squad with more than two goals in the division this season.
The Baggies manager told the Express and Star this month: “I am looking for a front-man, hopefully, he’ll be coming through the door as quickly as possible. That’ll be from abroad, rather than from this country.”
The reason may be down to money rather than preference, however, as English-based players often tend to have inflated asking prices than those plying their trade abroad.
Last summer, Bournemouth rejected a £13m bid for King, who scored only six goals from 27 games in 2019/20, and Sheffield United paid £23.4m for Rhian Brewster, who made only four appearances for Liverpool before his departure. West Brom aren’t blessed with vast transfer funds, so Allardyce needs a thrifty approach to bolstering his squad.
If Albion are going to avoid English-based players in their pursuit for a centre-forward this month, King, Gayle and Carroll could be left alone. Ahmed Musa, Kasper Junker and Stéphane Bahoken are said to be on West Brom’s radar and fit the bill as potentially cheaper overseas options, so time will tell if any of them are recruited this month.
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Allardyce doesn’t have a lot of time or money to bring in a much-needed striker, so West Brom will have to take a gamble to stay in the Premier League.
It’s always a risk bringing in a foreign player that’s new to the top flight, but that seems to be the chance which the Baggies boss is willing to take in order to preserve the club’s top-flight status.