West Bromwich Albion could sign Kiril Despodov on a free transfer with the Cagliari forward set to be released by the Serie A outfit, as reported by the Telegraph.
Sam Allardyce’s Baggies were only relegated from the Premier League two days ago but plans for a summer rebuild already appear to be well underway.
It seems that lessons from last year – when then-manager Slaven Bilic was left frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations over new signings – have been learned.
The transfer window hasn’t even opened yet and West Brom have wasted no time in identifying Coventry City midfielder Gustavo Hamer as a potential replacement for Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Conor Gallagher (Athletic).
A talented 24-year-old attacker, meanwhile, could be arriving at The Hawthorns for absolutely nothing.
The Telegraph reports that Despodov may have the final two years of his Cagliari contract cancelled, having allegedly taken legal action over the Sardinia-based outfit over unpaid wages.
The Bulgaria international has spent this season on loan at Ludogorets in his homeland, producing six goals and an impressive 12 assists for the runaway league leaders.
Despodov also set Cagliari back £2.5 million in the summer of 2019, a fee that made him the most expensive export in the history of Bulgaria’s top flight, overtaking the legendary Hristo Stoichkov nearly 30 years after his move to Barcelona.
The Telegraph reports that Valencia and Galatasaray are also keen on Despodov; a forward who, on paper, could form a thrilling front three with Karlan Grant and Grady Diangana in the Championship.