West Bromwich Albion are set to make a new £8.5 million bid for long-standing transfer target Mislav Orsic, according to Croatian publication IndexHR.
Six months ago, in the midst of the January transfer window, Slaven Bilic shed light on one of the worst kept secrets in British football.
“Orsic is a good player, of course he is a good player,” the Baggies boss told the Birmingham Mail after reports claimed that West Brom had made two bids for the Dinamo Zagreb talisman.
“We are interested in him, yes. Is it going to happen? Who knows, we’ll see.”
Try as they might, West Brom could not get a deal done in the end, with Dinamo Zagreb instead opting to sell Spain international Dani Olmo to RB Leipzig in the winter.
Not that Bilic was rueing that near miss come July.
In the end, it was two forwards who did arrive in January, Kamil Grosicki and Callum Robinson, who fired West Brom giants back into the Big Time after a gruelling Championship campaign.
Now, with Premier League football on the table, a move to the Midlands would surely carry far more appeal with the Baggies set to renew their interest in Orsic.
An explosive left winger who can also play through the middle, the Croatia international produced 21 goals and ten assists as Dinamo Zagreb cruised to a third straight league title this season.
Orsic also netted a stunning hat-trick against a brilliant Atalanta side in the Champions League group-stages last year.
With both Robinson and Grady Diangana set to leave West Brom after exceptional loan spells in blue and white, Orsic feels like not just a ready-made replacement but also the kind of reliable goal-scorer Bilic is crying out for.