West Bromwich Albion Keen To Sign Former Aston Villa Star

West Bromwich Albion are looking to bolster their attacking department this summer and are weighing up a move for a former Aston Villa forward, according to reports.

Andreas Weimann was recently part of the Austria national team squad that reached the knockout stages of the UEFA European Championship before being eliminated by Turkey in the last 16, although he made merely one appearance in the tournament, coming on as a late substitute in a 3-2 victory over The Netherlands. Nevertheless, his club career is very much up in the air.

The 32-year-old spent the second half of the previous campaign on loan at The Hawthorns from Bristol City but failed to make much of an impact, scoring twice in just 13 appearances before returning to Ashton Gate. His deal with the Robins has since expired and Weimann is now on the free-agent market looking for a new home.

Nevertheless, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook, West Bromwich Albion are still keen to bring Weimann back to the West Midlands despite his underwhelming loan stint but face stiff competition for his signature from Austrian champions Sturm Graz, who have just signed Sheffield Wednesday target Mika Biereth, and Italian side Udinese, the sister club of Watford – another one of Weimann’s former teams.

Despite being Austrian, the experienced centre-forward has never played professionally outside of England, having been with the likes of Aston Villa, Derby County, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bristol City and most recently the Baggies. Having spent the majority of his career in the Midlands, perhaps a permanent move to West Brom is ideal for his career right now.

When quizzed on his future back in March, Weimann revealed that he would review his options in the summer and that he feels no pressure to decide his next move.

“I have no stress or pressure. I’m enjoying the fact that we’re playing for something now and then we’ll see in the summer.”

Writer’s View

Having missed out on the play-off final last season following a 4-0 thrashing against Leeds United in the semis, West Bromwich Albion are looking around the transfer market to find affordable players to strengthen the first-team squad. So far, only Ousmane Diakite and Torbjorn Heggem have been signed by the Baggies.

Perhaps Carlos Corbern believes that bringing Weimann back into the first-team squad would not be the worst deal in the world. While he didn’t set The Hawthorns on fire over the last six months, two goals in nine games isn’t a bad ratio, partnered with two assists. The Austrian would also bring a wealth of Championship experience to the squad and knows what it takes to earn promotion to the Premier League. Additionally, he’s a free agent, so this would be a low-risk signing for the Baggies.

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