Deadline day reports suggest that Hal Robson-Kanu could be on the verge of signing for West Brom after being given permission to leave the Welsh camp as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers this weekend. According to Sky Sports, the free agent could be about to join the club before the 11pm deadline, and he already looks set to be doing a medical.
Where would he fit at the Hawthorns?
The Welsh striker offers something entirely different to Salomon Rondon in terms of playing style. Robson-Kanu, as shown at the Euros, is a finisher based on instinct and would offer a good goals tally to a front-line that desperately needs it.
A 0-0 with Middlesbrough last weekend demonstrated the need for goals further, especially with Saido Berahino’s future again up in the air and an over-reliance on picking up the odd goal from a set play.
That said, with the clock ticking down, and Berahino still at the club, there could be a possibility of a partnership brewing. Stoke City; who were interested in Berahino, have now completed a loan deal for Wilfried Bony and surely therefore have ended their interest in the young Englishman. Maybe West Brom fans could see a few strikers on display come two weeks’ time when the international break is over.
Is he worth it?
On a free, absolutely. His performances at the Euros offer plenty of encouragement, and if Tony Pulis can work some magic that sees him begin scoring goals or contributing to good performances from fellow strikers Rondon and Berahino, then perhaps we could even witness a more attacking West Brom side.
For no transfer fee, the striker surely has to be worth a try. He might not have Gareth Bale or Aaron Ramsey working with him, but he will still have plenty of good players around him to extract solid displays, and he may feel this is his opportunity to cement his mark on the Premier League, and make the West Brom striker position his own.
How likely is this deal?
Very. Sky sources are suggesting a medical could be happening right now. The 27-year-old has reportedly left the Welsh camp and is sorting his move out, in time for the 11pm deadline tonight. This transfer could be wrapped up pretty quickly.
Rating: Very Likely