West Bromwich Albion’s search for a new striker has sent the Baggies towards Ligue 1, with The Sun (20/9; page 57) reporting that they are in talks with Rennes over Mbaye Niang.
Slaven Bilic’s side have endured a tough start to life back in the Premier League. They are currently sat at the bottom of the table having suffered two heavy defeats.
Their two goals so far have been spectacular. However, neither have come from a striker, with Grady Diangana and Matheus Pereira scoring at Everton at the weekend.
The Baggies seem to have been linked with a host of potential goalscorers. And The Sun (20/9; page 57) has suggested that they are now discussing a potential loan move for Niang.
The 25-year-old scored 10 top flight goals last term. And he is no stranger to the Premier League. He scored two goals during a loan spell with Watford a few years ago.
The Sun notes however, that the two clubs are a little distance apart in their valuations of the Senegal international.
Rennes reportedly want £3 million for Niang, but are willing to take that figure off a future fee should West Brom decide to sign him permanently.
The Baggies however, only want to pay £1 million, as well as his wages.
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A £3 million fee is a lot to pay for a loan deal, especially for a player who did not capture the imagination during his previous spell in England.
But Bilic cannot afford to let the window close without bringing a striker in. It would therefore, appear to be a smart move to keep Niang in mind ahead of the final stages of the window.
Much will depend on how much West Brom can afford to spend on other targets. But if much of their budget has been eaten up already, loaning Niang may perhaps be worth the gamble.