Report: West Brom offered 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner on loan

Diego Forlan

West Brom have reportedly been offered the chance to sign former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan on loan.

According to the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion have been offered the chance to sign Uruguayan striker Diego Forlan on loan.

Forlan, 35, is best known in English football for his failed time at Manchester United, where he scored just 17 goals in 98 games after a move from Independiente in 2002.

Yet outside of England, Forlan had a superb career. After 59 goals in 128 games for Villarreal, Forlan was nothing short of sensational for Atletico Madrid, scoring 96 goals in 196 games, and became the first player since Ronaldo to win the Pichichi Trophy - given to the top scorer in La Liga - on two separate occasions.

One of Forlan's greatest achievements was winning the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which is the award given to the best player in the tournament.

A year after scoring five goals during Uruguay's journey to the semi-finals of that World Cup, Forlan was off to Inter Milan, and his career has been in decline ever since.

Now in Japan with Cerezo Osaka, Forlan is reportedly available for loan - and has been offered to West Brom along with Premier League rivals Hull City.

After missing out on the signature of Shola Ameobi, who joined Crystal Palace on Thursday, Baggies boss Tony Pulis is still in need of a forward - and the opportunity to land Forlan could be appealing.

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