Clearly one of their priorities on the transfer market this summer, West Brom’s hunt for a new striker has caused a long list of names to be linked with the Midlands club.

Among the Steve Mouniés and the Lucas Alarios, a little-known Italian has started making regular appearances in the local press’ transfer stories, with the Baggies often not far behind in the column inches.

That man is Sassuolo’s Diego Falcinelli, who spent last season on loan at Crotone and scored 13 goals for them despite a campaign-long fight against relegation.


His heroics in front of goal caught the eye of more than one club, and West Brom’s trip in May to watch Crotone against Juventus suggested his name really was on Tony Pulis’ wishlist.

On Wednesday, Gazzetta dello Sport join TuttoMercatoWeb in claiming the Baggies are one of three clubs after the 25-year-old, alongside Sampdoria, who are set to lose Patrik Schick to Juventus, and Torino (backup for Belotti?).

A fee of ‘over €10m is mentioned’, which, assuming they don’t mean €19m, appears to be a bit of a bargain for someone capable of finding the back of the net fairly regularly in a struggling team.

If the last Italian striker’s arrival in the Premier League is anything to judge by (Gabbiadini), gambling on Falcinelli might not be a bad shout for West Brom.