West Bromwich Albion correspondent Steve Madeley has named Daryl Dike as a potential January transfer target for The Baggies.
West Brom, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are pushing for promotion at the first opportunity and currently find themselves in the playoff spots.
They did bring in reinforcements during the summer window, but they were all either free transfers or loan signings.
Dike is a player with whom Ismael is certainly familiar, having been part of the Barnsley squad that reached last season’s playoff semifinals before returning to parent club Orlando in the United States.
The Athletic’s Madeley ponders whether there is ‘any scope’ to furnish Valerien Ismael with a player he likes in January.
Dike stands out as an ‘obvious target’, particularly with the MLS season now finished.
But the problem is that the deal would involve ‘a hefty loan fee at the very least’.
West Brom could perhaps use some more firepower in January. Their tally of 30 goals in 23 matches is the lowest in the division’s top five and, after Karlan Grant, their second top scorer is four-goal Irishman Callum Robinson.
Could Dike provide the answer? Yes, based on his Barnsley tally of nine goals in 19 games, averaging one every 143 minutes.
The £9million-rated 21-year-old has been billed as a ‘powerful lad who knows where the back of the net is’ by PL 100 club member Emile Heskey, while Ismael has hailed his goalscoring exploits as ‘unbelievable‘.
In other news, fans slammed this man’s performance at Oakwell.
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