Sam Allardyce has been public about his desire to sign a centre-forward as West Bromwich Albion have struggled for goals this season, saying he would scour the foreign transfer market rather than buy a domestic-based player.

With Charlie Austin being loaned out to Queens Park Rangers, Karlan Grant recovering from a foot injury and Hal Robson-Kanu spending most of the season out with a wrist problem, Stephane Bahoken was identified as a replacement.

The 28-year-old’s agent Paul Tait told Football Insider that he’s held talks with Allardyce, so Albion might be closing in on landing his signature. He said: “I have spoken to Sam about Stephane and he admitted he is on their list as they look to bring in a new striker this month.”

Bahoken has scored 23 goals and supplied five assists in 74 games for Angers, who he joined from Strasbourg in 2018, and has been prolific this season – the Cameroon international has scored five goals in 11 Ligue 1 starts.

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West Brom are the third-lowest scorers in the Premier League (14) this season, so beggars can’t be choosers. There aren’t many stellar players who would join a relegation-threatened club, either, so Allardyce won’t be spoilt for choice.

Bahoken has a decent return for goals in 2020/21 and may be attainable, so Allardyce can’t afford to wait around. Now is the time to act.