West Bromwich Albion have been linked with the Spaniard.
According to a report from the Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is considering a move for Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston this summer, and if it is true it would be a risk well worth taking.
The report claims Baston would cost around £18million – a considerable outlay for a player unproven outside of Spain – but if West Brom can recoup a sizeable part of that on the likely sales of Rickie Lambert and Saido Berahino it could be a great piece of business at The Hawthorns.
Baston came through the youth ranks at Atletico but has only ever made one senior appearance for the club, instead spending much of the last few seasons out on loan. Fate intervened on his debut as he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury just 20 minutes after his introduction yet following his recovery he has embraced every opportunity that has come his way.
Last season, the alleged West Brom target scored 19 goals on loan at Eibar, including strikes against Barcelona and Sevilla, while he previously netted 22 times in 40 games for Real Zaragoza and 10 in 33 for Deportivo La Coruna.
In short, he knows exactly where the goal is and while the alleged fee is hefty West Brom could be getting a player who has the potential to surpass Berahino in no time at all.
Baston is on track to average a goal every other game if he continues at his current rate, which is superb for someone who has been shipped out time and again in recent years, so imagine what he could do when he finds a club he can call a home; a club like Pulis’s West Brom, in desperate need of the players to take them to the next level.