West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal for Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne as Sam Allardyce looks to bolster his forward options this month.
That’s according to the latest reports in Turkey, where there are conflicting narratives about the Baggies potential move for the striker.
The latter looked to be the more likely at this moment in time, with several sources claiming that talks were ongoing on that front as opposed to just discussing a permanent move.
It’s a similar story today with several outlets, all reporting different things in regards to Diagne’s potential move to the Hawthorns.
Fotomac start things off and, while not specifically naming West Brom, say the only offers for Diagne have been ‘oral’ so far, as opposed to a formal, written deal.
Galatasaray, though, are happy to help as they could use the money to fund their own efforts to strengthen their squad.
Sporx follow this up with a little more detail and say Diagne is actually waiting for West Brom to make a decision about the transfer.
They say he has an offer from the club, but Sam Allardyce’s side are prioritising a move for Benfica’s Haris Seferovic first after contacting Diagne’s agent to learn his ‘terms’.
Whatever they were, it seems Seferovic is a better option at this moment in time, and so he has become first choice, with Diagne a back up if they can’t get that deal over the line.
They back up claims that Galatasaray are happy to let Diagne go and state that they’ve told West Brom they want €1m for a six-month loan deal.
Reports in England have stated this would include a purchase clause at €5m, but they don’t say if this is the case or not.
Hurriyet, however, do just that. They state West Brom have made an official offer for Diagne and, while they don’t say it outright, it appears to be a loan deal.
That’s because they state that part of the agreement is that Diagne will stay if the Baggies avoid relegation, while the deal will be ‘terminated’ if they don’t.
There’s no mention of the €5m clause on their part; indeed, that appears to be a very British detail.
While that remains, a bit of a mystery and the finer details of this transfer are a bit all over the place; it’s clear that Diagne is a player West Brom are looking at.
At this moment in time, the likeliest scenario is that he arrives on loan with various clauses included based on whether the Baggies are relegated or not, although Galatasaray are not ruling out a permanent deal either as they could do with the money.