West Brom are in the hunt for two new attacking options but time is quickly running out with less than a week to go until deadline day.
The Baggies have recently suffered monumental blows to two key players after Grady Diangana picked up another injury that is set to keep him out for another month while Matheus Pereira still has two games left to serve on his suspension for violent conduct.
Albion have also struggled in the league, failing to win any of their last six matches, and following a shocking home defeat to Stoke City on Monday night, manager Slaven Bilic emphasised the need for additions.
He said: “We are trying – we can only hope that we are going to do it. Do we need them? [new signings] Yes, we need them. Every team needs them.”
His side have only scored two or more goals once in their last six league outings too as the likes of Charlie Austin and Hal Robson-Kanu regress back to their mean after a mini-resurgent run which took their totals to seven goals apiece.
Kenneth Zohore, the most expensive summer addition at £8m, has simply failed to meet fans’ expectations. Having scored in back-to-back matches against Charlton Athletic, the Dane was slammed on social media following last week’s defeat with him being referenced as the ‘biggest waste of money’ fans.
However, Bilic has a shot at atoning for his mistakes after confirming interest in a reported target, Dinamo Zagreb forward Mislav Orsic.
According to the Telegraph, the Croatian frontman will cost the exact same fee as the former Cardiff City flop, but he would arrive at the Hawthorns with a substantial record behind him.
Zohore’s one goal in 19 top-flight appearances for the Bluebirds last season was hardly going to inspire, especially at a near eight-figure fee.
Meanwhile, Orsic has been lighting up his domestic league as well as the Champions League, so that only goes to show the sort of pedigree on offer here.
The 27-year-old talisman has been in prolific form, scoring 19 goals in 26 games, which includes a hat-trick against Atalanta who broke into the knockout stages in Europe.
At £8m, this would have to be lauded as a bargain considering the club paid the same fee for Zohore, who has only found the net three times in the league, two of which being penalties.
It could be precisely what Bilic needs to make amends for not just his abysmal transfer decision in the summer, but also to get the Baggies right on track with their promotion push.