Report: West Brom pushing for Gent's Laurent Depoitre, offer invitation to player's agent

West Brom are pressing ahead with a move to sign Gent's Laurent Depoitre.

According to the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion have made their first move to sign Gent striker Laurent Depoitre by inviting the player's agent to watch a match at The Hawthorns.

Depoitre, 27, is something of a late bloomer, having previously turned out for Tournai, Peruwelz, Eendracht Aalst and Oostende before signing for Gent in 2014.

With 14 goals last season, Depoitre impressed for Gent, and has built on that with 13 goals in all competition this term, including one in the Champions League.

Unsurprisingly, Depoitre - who also has one goal in one appearance for Belgium - has caught the eye of Premier League clubs this season, but West Brom are pushing to the front of the queue, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claim that the Baggies are keen to land Depoitre this summer, and have made their first move to sign him by inviting his agent to come and watch a match at The Hawthorns, in a bid to tip the balance in their favour over other clubs.

It's suggested that, with Depoitre set to enter the final year of his contract with Gent, he could be available for just £8m this summer, and West Brom are seemingly pressing ahead with a move for the burly striker.

A big, physical striker who plays in a target man role, Depoitre is a perfect fit for Tony Pulis, but whether he will be at the club next season remains to be seen, whilst West Brom already have Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert, who can fill a similar role to Depoitre, meaning they should think long and hard before spending £8m on a late-blooming striker who has never played outside of Belgium.

Would Depoitre be a good signing for West Brom?

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