By the time the January transfer window slammed shut last Friday, the Hawthorns was home to two proven Championship attackers.
Hull City’s Poland international Kamil Grosicki sealed a bargain move to the Midlands after a deal was concluded to bring former Preston talisman Callum Robinson back to the second tier after a difficult spell at Sheffield United.
This, however, meant that Orsic missed out on a move to Britain.
Sportske Novosti reported that West Brom had made two failed bids for an £8.5 million-rated attacker who has netted 19 times in all competitions this season, including a Champions League hat-trick against Atalanta. But rather than step up their attempts, The Baggies instead decided to focus on more affordable deals for Grosicki and Robinson.
Now, seven days after the deadline passed, Orsic claims that discussions with fellow Croatian Bilic never took place, although he was aware of West Brom's interest.
“There were some stories but, in the end, there was no agreement. No, I did not talk to Slaven Bilic, (the negotiations) went through some other channels,” said Orsic, who saw fellow attacker Dani Olmo move to Germany with RB Leipzig last month.
To Orsic’s credit, he has got his head down since missing out on a January switch and remains fully focused on firing Dinamo Zagreb to title glory. The capital club are 12 points clear at the top of the Croatian league table as it stands.
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