West Brom submit eight-figure bid to sign forward

Slaven Bilic on the touchline

West Brom head into their clash against Southampton this weekend off the back of a rather topsy-turvy start to the new season.

Despite an array of signings, Slaven Bilic's men only have a solitary point to show for their troubles.

It should really be three points too. The Baggies took a 3-0 lead against Chelsea last weekend but blew it in dramatic style as the Blues came back to rescue a draw. 

The Baggies have had a huge problem with conceding goals and have already shipped 11 times in three league matches.

That record is nothing to shout about so surely they need a few more defensive bodies before the window closes.

They've snapped up Branislav Ivanovic and Cedric Kipre but their impact is yet to be felt. 

With the window closing in a matter of days, West Brom could also do with adding another forward.

Slaven Bilic

It's been no secret that Albion need more firepower and in the last few days, they've been incredibly active to try and get one across the line.

They are currently in talks with Islam Slimani but Karlan Grant remains their number one choice.

However, they have unfortunately taken a set back in their bid to land one of their targets.

According to Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, the Baggies submitted an offer of €12m (£10.8m) to Stade Rennais' M'Baye Niang. That bid was rejected and now Bilic and Luke Dowling are back at square one. 

Torino are also in the chase to sign the 25-year-old so it doesn't look as though the Hawthorns will be his next destination. 

M'Baye Niang

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Niang would have been an intriguing option. He is approaching the prime of his career and possesses the ability to play in multiple positions.

The Senegal international played as an out and out centre forward for the majority of last season, but he has also played out wide during his career. 

The fact he racked up 15 goals last term proves why West Brom were looking to sign him. He was a dominant force in Ligue 1, winning a colossal 3.4 aerial duels a game and also being fouled a mighty 2.1 times per match. He is the very definition of a colossal striker.

M'Baye Niang

Niang has proved himself to be a handful in France but he hardly set the world alight during his previous spell in England.

In 16 games for Watford, the striker scored just two goals. Perhaps West Brom should actually be relieved to have missed out on him?

Yes, he may have progressed greatly since that spell in the Premier League, but he has already flopped in English football. 

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