West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic has confirmed his interest in Dinamo Zagreb forward Mislav Orsic following reports emerging from his homeland Croatia.
During his pre-game press conference ahead of Albion hosting Stoke City at the Hawthorns on Monday, Bilic left plenty to the imagination.
He confirmed his interest in the talisman, but could not say if it would indeed happen. Bilic said:
“Orsic is a good player, of course he is a good player.
“He made his mark at Dinamo Zagreb, not only in the league but also in the Champions League. He has scored four or five goals in the Champions League – a hat-trick against Atalanta.
“He broke into the national team and we have a hell of a national team – not an average one, we have a good national team.
“We are interested in him, yes. Is it going to happen? Who knows, we’ll see.”
Whether or not the move happens now lies in the hands of the club’s hierarchy – will they stump up the extra £4m required to clinch him? Can they afford to?
Sporting and technical director Luke Dowling must do all he can to clinch Orsic as it would show that the Baggies are ready for a return to the Premier League.
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The versatile forward has scored goals in four different countries but it is this season that he has broken through into the mainstream media whilst alongside former Barcelona grad Dani Olmo.
Per Transfermarkt, Orsic has already netted 19 goals in 26 appearances whilst playing in an array of positions across the front three and in the number ten role.
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West Brom must go all out for Orsic this month.
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