According to reports in Italy, promotion hunting West Bromwich Albion have made an approach to sign Lazio striker Vedat Muriqi this transfer window.
Journalist of Italian news outlet Repubblica Enrico De Lellis revealed on his Twitter account that West Brom, as well as Leeds United, have approached Lazio for the striker, however, “neither club, at the moment, has reached an agreement with the club.”
The 27-year-old striker has been restricted to one Serie A start this campaign, making 11 appearances in all competitions. Moreover, the Kosovan is yet to score and has registered one assist.
However, the £5.4m-rated forward had been prolific at former club Fenerbahce before making the move to Rome in September 2020, scoring 17 goals and registering seven assists in 36 appearances for the Turkish giants.
With West Brom now into the second half of their season, it is vital that they continue winning matches to climb up the league table. Valerien Ismael’s side, in his first season at the Hawthorns, are currently fifth in the Championship, seven points off of the automatic promotion places.
The Baggies have been solid at the back, conceding the fewest goals in the second-tier. However, nine clubs have scored more than Albion’s 31 goals thus far. In fact, league leaders Fulham have scored over double the amount West Brom have in one game fewer with 64 goals in 25 games.
Ismael has recently become reacquainted with former Barnsley loanee Daryl Dike, signing the American striker from MLS outfit Orlando City, but could do with adding extra firepower on top of the 21-year-old.
Compared to Muriqi, who is two years his junior, Hugill doesn’t have nearly the same sort of experience as the Kosovan, who has played in the Italian and Turkish top-flight as well as featuring in both the Champions League and Europa League.
Moreover, the 27-year-old has international experience, having made 37 caps for Kosovo and scoring 18 goals in that period.
He is a man mountain at 6 foot 4 and thus, earned the following appraisal from Smarter Scout who have previously described him as “utterly dominant in the air.”
As for Hugill, the 29-year-old has just three Premier League appearances from his spell at West Ham, playing most of his football in the Championship as well as featuring in League One, League Two and the National League.
If the Baggies are serious about securing an instant return to the top-flight, they will need to improve their goals output, something that Muriqi could potentially offer.