West Bromwich Albion have enjoyed a pretty busy summer of activity so far, but they are one striker short of making it a decent success, though they must steer clear of one mooted name…
According to the Express & Star’s Joseph Masi, the Baggies have held talks with Watford over a potential loan move for Andre Gray but it depends on whether or not they can clinch top target Karlan Grant.
It’s claimed that negotiations are ongoing between Albion and Huddersfield over a permanent deal as Slaven Bilic looks to find the right forward to lead their attack in the Premier League.
But the Terriers’ £16m valuation is making an agreement hard to reach, so attentions could turn towards the Hornets outcast in due course.
If Bilic truly wants to find someone to provide the goals for them in their top-flight return, then they should probably avoid a swoop for Gray.
The 29-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Watford and still wasn’t given a regular opportunity despite all of their struggles, which speaks volumes.
Last season, Gray bagged just two goals from 23 appearances and averaged only 0.8 shots and 0.3 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
In four seasons in the Premier League, he’s failed to get into double figures and with it getting worse and worse each season, it would be fair to suggest that he’s no longer cut out at this elite level.
Had the Baggies been in the Championship trying to make this signing, then it would be quite a coup but Luke Dowling could miss once more on the striking position after the lacklustre attempts from the likes of Kenneth Zohore and Charlie Austin.
Back in 2016 during Gray’s prolific 23-goal campaign, Burnley boss Sean Dyche lauded him as a “constant threat” whilst his former Watford manager Javi Gracia praised the striker for being a “very good professional who always fights a lot”.
Now valued at £6.3m, the misfiring forward really doesn’t seem like the ideal candidate to plug the goalscoring void at the Hawthorns – Grant at £16m would be the better choice despite lacking experience in the top-flight, at 22 he can be moulded into an elite talent.
AND in other news, Bilic targets PL colossus who would be an instant upgrade at West Brom…