West Bromwich Albion have Mbaye Diagne, Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson, Hal Robson-Kanu Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore on their books, but Sabah say they’re on the hunt for another striker – Cyle Larin.
Diagne may not join permanently if Albion go down, Robinson has scored only two Premier League goals this season, Grant has managed just one, (Transfermarkt), Robson-Kanu is out of contract this summer, Austin was loaned out to Queens Park Rangers and Zohore was loaned out to Millwall, so a new centre-forward may be required.
Larin is enjoyed a fantastic season at Besiktas, scoring 13 goals and making three assists in 25 Super Lig games (Transfermarkt), so he’s made twice as many goal contributions as Albion’s top scorer Matheus Pereira. It’s easy to see why Albion would want Larin but Besiktas selling him makes little sense.
Covid-19 has crippled the finances of Turkey’s biggest clubs, so Besiktas aren’t blessed with lucrative finds. It means their best assets have an asking price and West Brom have been told to pay €15m (£12.95m) if they want to land Larin’s signature.
Albion aren’t flush for cash currently either, so it remains to be seen if they have enough resources to match Besiktas’ demands. Relegation from the Premier League would further hamper the situation too, so might Larin be an ambitious transfer target?
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Larin has a fantastic eye for goal and could be a brilliant asset for West Brom, but he may not jump at the chance of playing Championship football next season if they went down, nor can the Baggies afford to meet his demands if money was too tight to sign a free agent in January.