Both failing to add quality depth to their squad last summer, West Brom and West Ham are both going to have to work hard in the upcoming transfer window in order to avoid a repeat situation.
Tony Pulis’ side have spent most of the season with just one natural number nine in Salomon London, with Hal Robson-Kanu unable to provide adequate cover for the Venezuelan when called upon.
A couple of weeks ago, we suggested that Tony Pulis should be considering a move for Montpellier’s Steve Mounié, with the Baggies reported to have an interest in the 23-year-old, yet FootMercato believe West Brom are also looking closer to home.
The French website report the Midlands club are interested in helping Wilfried Bony rekindle his Premier League career after a rather tragic loan spell at Stoke from Manchester City this season.
With the Ivory Coast international returning to Manchester City and Pep Guardiola unlikely to make plans for him, an exit from the Etihad is on the cards for the former Swansea star.
As well as West Brom, FootMercato claim Slaven Bilic’s West Ham are among the interested parties, as the London club look to put last summer’s shambles that saw them bring in Simone Zaza (now at Valencia) and Jonathan Calleri (barely used) as attacking reinforcements.
Andy Carroll’s and Diafra Sakho’s injury records also leave a lot to be desired, and a reliable option, one capable of playing an entire season without needing regular trips to the medical room, is desperately needed at the London Stadium.
This is why the Hammers are said to be looking at Wilfried Bony.
Manchester City (and Stoke) blip aside, the 28-year-old has proven from his time at Swansea what he is capable of doing in the Premier League, and would fit both West Brom’s and West Ham’s tactics down to a T.
Furthermore, with the Citizens looking to sell and get his wages off their books, they could end up with a bargain on their hands.
One to keep an eye on.