Slaven Bilic wants West Bromwich Albion to sign Karlan Grant as soon as possible while Watford duo Andre Gray and Troy Deeney have been put up for sale, according to the Express and Star.
The transfer window might have closed on Monday night amid a flurry of activity at the Emirates and Old Trafford, but things were a little quiet at the Hawthorns.
Then again, the Baggies still have time on their side as they look to snap up a striker who has eluded their grasp so far.
Bilic made Huddersfield Town talisman Grant his number one transfer target some time ago.
But, while Premier League clubs have until 16 October to sign players from the Championship, the West Brom manager doesn’t want to wait another week-and-a-half to get Grant through the door.
According to reports in the Midlands, Bilic wants the top-flight newcomers to come to an agreement with Huddersfield as soon as possible.
His justification is sound too, believing Grant would benefit from using the current international break to bed into his new surroundings and learn the minutae of ‘Bilic-ball’ before West Brom host Burnley on 17 October.
Huddersfield want £18 million for last season’s 19-goal top scorer (Sun, 4 October, page 61).
West Brom, however, would rather sign Grant on loan with an obligation-to-buy clause that would be automatically triggered if they avoided an immediate return to the Championship.
Clearly, there is much work to be done if an agreement is to be struck at last.
If Grant can’t be signed, West Brom will turn to Watford duo Gray and Deeney – both of whom have been placed on the market by the Hornets.