West Brom are reportedly interested in signing veteran Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty this summer.
The Lowdown: Baggies search for new signings
The Baggies suffered a dispiriting return to the Premier League last season, with relegation sealed last month and another year in the Championship on its way.
West Brom are now planning for life in English football’s second tier, not only looking for a new manager to replace Sam Allardyce, but also eyeing up potential signings.
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The Latest: Lafferty linked with move
According to Football League World, the Baggies are one of a host of clubs keen on acquiring the signature of Lafferty, who is currently a free agent after a spell at Kilmarnock.
The 33-year-old, who has scored 20 goals in 82 caps for Northern Ireland, is also wanted by Cardiff City, Middlesbrough, Derby County, Birmingham City, Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic.
The Verdict: A shrewd acquisition
While age isn’t necessarily on Lafferty’s side, he could still be a shrewd signing for West Brom. His experience are pedigree are both undeniable – he has been hailed as ‘outstanding’ by international colleague Steven Davis.
It is somewhat of an intriguing move as he hasn’t exactly been a clinical goalscorer at club level, scoring just four goals in 39 appearances in his spell at Norwich City, for example.
However, in many ways, West Brom could see it as a win-win scenario – if Lafferty is a success, it could help them return to the top-flight, and if he struggles, his experience could still prove valuable to younger forward players learning their craft.
In other news, there has been another key update regarding West Brom’s search for a new manager. Read more here.
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