Table-topping West Bromwich Albion are preparing a January bid for Dinamo Zagreb star Mislav Orsic, according to reports in Croatia.
The forward’s fantastic form in the Croatian league and the Champions League this season has caught the eye of fellow countryman Slaven Bilic.
According to Jutarnji List, the Baggies are preparing a £5million approach for the Croat, whose pace and finishing could be the key to a return to the Premier League.
Orsic is in the form of his life, scoring 19 times in the league and four times in the Champions League this season – including a hat-trick against Atalanta back in October.
Things haven’t been going to plan at the Hawthorns of late, a poor festive period has seen the Baggies pick up four points from a possible 15 – scoring only five times.
But the recruitment of an X-factor talisman such as Orsic could take the Baggies to the next level.
West Brom may have to fend off some European competition for the striker’s signature with Ajax, Valencia and Dortmund reportedly interested.
While Bilic may be looking abroad for reinforcements, the club does boast a strong front line including: Charlie Austin, Kenneth Zohore and Matt Phillips – a move or Orsic could see the departure of at least one of the Baggies’ strike force.
The gap between West Brom and Leeds and the chasing play-off pack is closing by the game, with third-place Brentford now only six points behind Leeds and seven behind Albion.
According to reports, Zagreb are asking for a figure in the region of £8.5m, a demand that could see West Brom out of the race.
The forward can play through the middle but he is best coming in from the left – making him a possible replacement for the on-loan Grady Diangana.
Diangana is linked with a recall by parent club West Ham in the January window following a great start to the season with the Baggies.
Orsic may be an ambitious acquisition but if the club do land the Croat, it would be a real show of intent for a club with serious Premier League ambitions.