Alan Nixon has dropped a teasing West Bromwich Albion transfer claim ahead of the January window.
In a recent post on Twitter, The Sun journalist claimed that Valerien Ismael and his West Brom transfer team are targeting a number of centre-forwards ahead of the opening of the winter market, although went on to suggest that bringing one of said targets into the club will not be easy.
In response to a fan asking for an update on what business the Baggies are hoping to do in January, Nixon said: “Been looking into strikers for weeks… not easy.”
Considering Ismael’s distinct lack of a goalscoring number nine at The Hawthorns, the news that Albion are indeed targeting a centre-forward in the January transfer window – and appear to have already penned a list of potential candidates – is sure to have left fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, it is clear for all to see that summer signing Jordan Hugill, who joined the club on a season-long loan from Norwich City, is simply not of the standard required for West Brom’s promotion push.
So far this term, the 29-year-old has scored just one goal over his 18 Championship appearances, as well as averaging an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.53 – ranking him as the Baggies’ fourth-worst performer in the division.
And, while Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson have chipped in with nine and four league goals respectively, Ismael’s lack of an out and out goalscorer at the tip of his three-man attack is undoubtedly the biggest factor as to why the Frenchman’s team have scored fewer goals than each of the other sides currently in the top six – Stoke City aside.
As such, the news that the club are looking to address this issue in January is undoubtedly positive for everyone involved with West Brom – as, if Albion are to have any chance of catching AFC Bournemouth and Fulham in the automatic promotion spots, a 20-goal-a-season striker would appear to be very much required.