West Brom’s pursuit of Moussa Konate evidence of their new transfer strategy

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According to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter, West Brom are keen on signing Amiens’ Moussa Konate.

What’s the word?

Albion’s transfer window sprung into life last week with a double signing.

First through the door came Kenneth Zohore from Cardiff, before the towering presence of Semi Ajayi also arrived.

The pair have proven pedigree in the Championship. The former once scored 12 league goals in a campaign for the Bluebirds whilst the latter netted seven times last season.

However, one of their latest pursuits is from abroad. According to Nixon, they’re targeting Senegalese forward Konate who currently plays for Amiens in Ligue 1.

The journalist suggested that he could cost the Baggies a fee of £5m if a deal is concluded.

West Brom transfer strategy

It took a while for the Baggies to really get going in the market but they’re now looking extremely active after Slaven Bilic claimed that business must be done last week.

And in potentially bringing Konate to the club, it would reflect their smart new transfer strategy.

At the age of 26, the striker is just about to enter his prime, and this is reflected in two of their other signings as well.

Zohore and Ajayi both walked through the doors aged 25 whilst the loan addition of Filip Krovinovic saw a talented 23-year-old arrive, too.

West Brom’s squad is already full of promising young talents like Sam Field, Rekeem Harper and Kyle Edwards who are all below the age of 21, whilst they also have the experienced heads of Chris Brunt and Ahmed Hegazi among others.

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What they have been missing, however, is players approaching their prime.

It looks as though the Midlands outfit have identified this area of their side as one they need to improve and signing the Amiens man would be a further indication of this.

It remains to be seen how well he could do after featuring just twice for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations, although he did score seven times in the French top-flight last term.

Regardless of that, it’s an intelligent form of approach in the market.

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