West Bromwich Albion have made an offer to bring Mbaye Diagne back to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Turkish media outlet Ajansspor, who claim that Valerien Ismael’s side have made a €5m (£4.2m) offer for the Galatasaray centre-forward, who spent last season on loan with Albion.
However, the report goes on to state that the Super Lig side have requested that the Baggies increase their offer to €7m (£6m), although negotiations between the two clubs are still ongoing and middle ground is expected to be found.
Having joined West Brom on a temporary deal in the January transfer window, it would seem a fair statement to make that Diagne did not quite live up to expectations at The Hawthorns.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side, the 29-year-old scored three goals, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, while missing a whopping 11 big chances of his own.
These returns saw the man Joe Masi dubbed a “dangerous” player earn a rather disappointing average SofaScore match rating of 6.69, ranking him as Albion’s 15th-best performer in the top flight of English football.
As such, while the £2.7m-rated striker’s time with West Brom was not exactly a disaster, his form did not exactly scream that he is deserving of a permanent move to the club this summer, especially if the Baggies will have to shell out £6m to land him.
Furthermore, with Diagne reported to be earning a whopping £38.5k-per-week on his current deal at Galatasaray, it would appear an unlikely scenario that the forward would be willing to take a pay cut to move to the Championship side, meaning his signing would not just cost a quite considerable transfer fee, it would also take up a large chunk of Albion’s wage budget next season.
So, all in all, a move to sign Diagne on a permanent basis in the summer transfer window would not appear to make a great deal of sense for West Brom, and should have fans of the club worried about the direction Ismael is looking towards for his attacking additions.