Sam Allardyce wants a striker, but any deal will be complicated by a multitude of factors. First of all, Allardyce and West Brom will need to be convinced that the player will improve their squad, then the player will have to be convinced that half a season of Allardyce-flavoured action will improve their career, and finally – and this is where it gets really troublesome – the selling club will have to be convinced to give the player to them completely gratis.
According to the Mirror, Allardyce is only able to conclude “free transfers or loan deals, with a view to making deals permanent later on if Albion stay up”, which sounds very much precisely the kind of conditions that no club whatsoever would willingly agree to in the mid-season window unless it is to wash their hands of the most irredeemably misplaced of lost causes. So far Albion have identified Benfica’s Swiss international Haris Seferovic as a player they would like to sign, if only his club would not almost certainly reject their lamentable approach out of hand. Galatasaray forward Mbaye Diagne is a moderately more rational target.
David Moyes wants a striker, but Sevilla are unlikely to be impressed by the bid West Ham are putting together for Youssef En-Nesyri – the Spaniards want £35m to be transferred before they allow the player to leave; the Hammers want to pay £32m in a series of bite-sized chunks. Boulaye Dia of Reims and, as previously rumoured, Gaëtan Laborde of Montpellier are mentioned as potential alternatives. “Do I want a striker? I really do,” says Moyes, “but I’m mindful a lot of clubs are on the verge of going bust and I’ve got to make sure I do things correctly.” continue reading