West Bromwich Albion are closing in on yet another signing and it is one that Luke Dowling has worked his magic over…
According to the Express & Star, the Baggies have been negotiating over a deal to sign Huddersfield Town striker Karlan Grant as Slaven Bilic appears to finally be poised to land his man.
It’s claimed Albion would only have to pay a £5m loan fee upfront with a remaining £13m to come next summer should the Baggies keep their place in the Premier League.
Money is tight at the Hawthorns with the likes of Branislav Ivanovic coming in for free and Filip Krovinovic returning on loan.
This is simply quite incredible business by the West Brom chief as he’s landed Bilic a new striker for a fraction of the price expected.
The 23-year-old is yet to feature this season amid uncertainty over his future but last season, he was one of the Terriers’ few bright sparks – per WhoScored, Grant bagged 19 goals and provided four assists in 43 appearances, also averaging 2.6 shots, 1.2 key passes and 1.1 dribbles each game.
It very much makes him seem like the perfect solo striker in Bilic’s system, someone who can bring others into play aside from finding the net himself regularly.
His former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer reinforces such a claim, suggesting Grant “causes problems and scores goals,” which is backed up by current teammate Tommy Elphick who believes “he’s got the world at his feet” and has “got everything.”
For an initial £5m, this move has all the hallmarks of being an absolute bargain – even more so if he keeps them up, the club will be quick to pay the rest of the fee next summer that’s for sure.
Callum Robinson can’t be the man to lead the line, especially if the likes of Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore aren’t in the Croatian’s plans.
Say bye to the former Saints man, it’s Grant season at the Hawthorns.
AND in other news, West Brom plotting shock move for former Premier League monster…