Anthony Modeste can’t stop scoring for Koln in the Bundesliga – but could he repeat the trick at West Brom in the Premier League?
The prospect of a first ever top ten Premier League finish does not mean West Brom manager Tony Pulis will be putting his feet up this summer. The Baggies are in desperate need of a new centre-forward and, according to Bild, they may have found the ideal man in Anthony Modeste.
The 29-year-old Frenchman may not have a particularly sparkling reputation in England after famously failing to score a single goal on loan at Blackburn Rovers in 2012 but his form in the five years since suggests he deserves a second chance.
In total, the FC Koln talisman has plundered a career best 23 goals in the Bundesliga this season, keeping Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on their toes at the top of the scoring charts.
And it’s understandable that he would pique West Brom’s interest. A powerful presence leading the line, Modeste is a clinical finisher from inside and outside the box while boasting an aerial threat and the ability to link play with underrated technical ability.
He’s certainly a more complete centre-forward than Salomon Rondon who, after a bright start to the season, has not found the net since mid-December.
Bild claim that West Ham and Stoke City, who are both in the market for new strikers after rather disappointing seasons in front of goal, will provide competition. The London Stadium appears a realistic destination with Hammers’ forwards Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho once again suffering injury problems this season.
Yet, if West Brom want to seal a deal, they would have to obliterate their transfer record with Bild reporting that Koln may demand up to £33 million. That is far more than it would cost to sign Watford captain Troy Deeney who, according to The Sun, is a favourite of Pulis.
However, Modeste has outscored Deeney by 13 goals this season and, if West Brom are to ensure their top ten push is more than a flash in the pan, the Frenchman would be an ideal addition.