West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Daryl Dike to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that Crystal Palace are weighing up an offer for the Orlando City centre-forward – who is available for a fee in the region of £10m – as Patrick Vieira looks to strengthen his attacking options at Selhurst Park prior to the closure of the summer transfer window on Tuesday.
Previous reports had claimed that Valerien Ismael’s Albion side were thought to be leading the race for the 21-year-old’s signing, with the Frenchman believed to be eager to link up with the striker – who spent a spell on loan at Barnsley last season – once again at West Brom, however, Palace’s interest may well have turned the tide in the pursuit of the forward.
While it is true that Albion recently secured the signing of Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan deal, considering how short Ismael still is in the number nine role, the argument that the Baggies could do with a further addition in the position is an easy one to make.
And, when taking into account Dike is clearly a player whom the 45-year-old West Brom manager is a fan of, as well as proving during his time at Oakwell last season that he is an extremely capable Championship goalscorer, should Ismael miss out on the striker’s signing as a result of Crystal Palace’s interest, it will undoubtedly leave the Frenchman fuming.
Indeed, it is easy to see why the Albion boss is keen on a move for the £9m-rated man, as, over his 19 Championship appearances for the Tykes last term, Dike scored a highly impressive nine league goals, as well as averaging a SofaScore match rating of 7.02 – ranking him as Ismael’s third-best performer in the second tier.
As such, the addition of the USA international would undoubtedly provide West Brom’s chances of securing an immediate return to the Premier League this season with a substantial boost, while missing out on the signing of the player Ismael himself dubbed an “unbelievable” player could well prove to be the difference between promotion and a further season in the Championship.