Despite spending £22.3m this summer in the European transfer window on the likes of Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira and Callum Robinson, Bilic is yet to bring in a recognised centre-forward.
The Baggies’ current strikers Hal-Robson Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore have all struggled of late, with none of them scoring in the Premier League since their top-flight return.
Interest shown in Andre Ayew; wages end potential move
Looking back to the Championship for a new striker, the Baggies have been linked with Huddersfield front man Karlan Grant with a move expected before this evening’s 5pm deadline.
Interest in Swansea attacker Ayew has also emerged, with the Ghanaian having performed well last season in the Championship by netting 15 goals and claiming seven assists.
However, a potential move for the 30-year-old is now seemingly over after The Sun (15 October, page 53) claimed the former Marseille man was demanding in the region of £90,000-a-week to move to The Hawthorns.
Baggies simply can’t break the bank for Andre Ayew
If West Brom were to make a move for Ayew, it would make the Ghana international the club’s highest-paid player, with Charlie Austin currently the biggest earner on £70,000 per week, according to Spotrac. Bilic would likely need to sell off a number of his players to allow a deal for Ayew to go through and that is not going to happen so late in the transfer window.
Ayew is no doubt a talent and you could argue that he should be playing Premier League football, especially after substantial praise from Swansea manager Steve Cooper, who recently said that the attacker’s work-rate was an ‘important‘ asset to his side.
Despite that, wage demands totalling £4.6m per year are highly unlikely to tempt a Premier League side to make a move for the 30-year-old before this evening’s deadline.
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