West Bromwich Albion are yet to make a splash in the January transfer window, but that could soon change according to recent reports.
The Baggies are said to hold huge interest in Dinamo Zagreb’s prolific forward, Mislav Orsic, with news emerging from his homeland Croatia suggesting that a move to the Hawthorns could be struck before the end of the month.
BirminghamLive have since claimed that the Prva HNL champions value their prolific talisman at around £9m after signing him for just £1.5m last summer.
and Bilic himself has even confirmed his interest in the versatile Croatian.
It has sparked mass reaction from sections of the Albion fanbase with many wanting to see the club stump up the cash to clinch him.
— The Stupendous Fabuloso Charisma Channel (@sfcc1969) January 16, 2020
💯 might be a perfect fit working with SB and his backroom staff. Right age and definitely resale value. Great investment and the way our club should be rum. Follow in footsteps of Southampton
— Andy Neale (@Sparra06_) January 16, 2020
Orsic and Grant, might as well announce promotion already #WBA
— Liam Jones 🇬🇧 (@liamjackjones) January 15, 2020
Apprently we have bid 5 million quid for Orsic. If that got accepted that would be the bargain of the century #wba
— Warren Bishop (@WBAvlogs) January 15, 2020
Some supporters felt that the potential move could be quite the steal as one man suggested that it would be the ‘bargain of the century’ while another believed the Baggies should just announce promotion already if they can sign the Croatian.
Orsic has been in red hot form this season – in 26 appearances in all competitions, the 27-year-old has bagged 19 goals, including a hattrick in the Champions League against Atalanta, who advanced into the knockout stages, per Transfermarkt.
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This has led to fans asking the club to simply pay what Zagreb are demanding…
Pay it. Bargo
— James Heyhoe (@JamesHeyhoe) January 16, 2020
Pay the 9m @WBA
— Jordan Brown (@Jordan_Brown29) January 16, 2020
Pay it, He’s a champions league goal scorer, 7 goals in qualifying and the ucl a hatrick against Atlanta Who are Currently 4th also 11 goals In the Croatian Top division, He’s also Croatian And It wouldn’t be a problem joining, The language barrier Would be no problem.
— Baggies forever (@BaggiesForever3) January 16, 2020
Absolutely would pay £9m especially in today’s market. Bilic really likes him and is what we need so think we’d be stupid not too.
— John (@Johnwba01) January 16, 2020
One fan said Albion would be stupid not to pay £9m for a player of this quality in today’s market while the suggestion that he would be a bargain continued to be a recurring theme.
In addition, another member of the Baggies faithful believed that Bilic’s influence would help the player settle due to them both being from Croatia.
We spent 10 million on Brown Ideye and 15 million on Ollie Burke, he can’t be worse than those 2 at 9 million
— Jamie Smith (@jamster0504) January 16, 2020
Forget Gayle pay it trust in Slav who knot him well
— richard steadman (@07710639609) January 16, 2020
in today’s market where Hull want 20m for Bowen it’s a bargain..
— Anthony Roberts (@RobertsWBA23) January 16, 2020
Scenes when we get Orsic and Grant. And have a front 4 of Orsic, Pereira, Diangana and Grant 😍 #WBA
— John (@Johnwba01) January 15, 2020
And finally, fans were quick to make a variety of comparisons – the first relating to two expensive mistakes in Brown Ideye and Oliver Burke, who the club spent around £25m on.
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Another referenced the fact that Jarrod Bowen is commanding a £20m fee while a further supporter was left dreaming about the prospect of seeing the speedster in their attacking midfield department.
While in other news, West Brom have suffered an untimely blow towards their transfer plans this month…