Watford eye striker transfer raid as West Brom will not sign Mbaye Diagne permanently
According to Sky Sports, Watford are the latest side to add Mbaye Diagne to their summer shopping lists after West Bromwich Albion decided against pursuing a permanent transfer.
The Hawthorns natives signed Diagne on loan from Galatasaray during the January window and have seen the 29-year-old turn in a string of impressive performances, which proved unable to see the Baggies avoid relegation into the Championship.
Premier League status is believed to have been key to West Brom pursuing a deal to keep Diagne in the West Midlands long-term, but will now turn their attentions to alternative options ahead of building a side they hope is capable of securing promotion.
Diagne scored three goals and offered two assists over his 15 top-flight outings under Sam Allardyce, including the opener in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United plus the equaliser at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
His quick adaptation to the demands of the English game has now seen Diagne’s name enter conversations at Watford as they prepare for life back in the Premier League, with a host of centre-forward options under consideration at Vicarage Road.
Brighton & Hove Albion plus Crystal Palace are also monitoring Diagne’s situation, as they look to improve squads in which Neal Maupay and Wilfried Zaha are the top-scorers with eight and 10 goals in the Premier League this term respectively.
Turkish publication TumSpor have previously reported that Galatasaray value Diagne at around €6million (£5.1m), as the Super Lig giants are keen to recoup some of the €13m (£11.1m) paid to Kasimpasa for the striker’s transfer in 2019.
West Brom opting against pursuing a deal to sign Diagne permanently after their relegation will surely raise a few eyebrows given Galatasaray’s alleged valuation, which should not be too problematic to match for the clutch of English sides showing an interest.
The impressive nature of Diagne’s performances at the Hawthorns would have instead been expected to see club chiefs look to pursue a deal to retain the Senegal forward, who the Express & Star’s Joe Masi called ‘so dangerous’ while speaking on Baggies Broadcast.
Now, the baseline established under Sam Allardyce could go toward helping Watford avoid an immediate return to the Championship, or Brighton or Crystal Palace’s efforts to move up the Premier League table while West Brom vie for a place back in the top-flight.