West Brom have only scored eight goals at home all season and are looking to bulk up their strike force by making a move for QPR’s DJ Campbell.
The Baggies went down to their second straight home defeat at the hands of Norwich yesterday which drew some calls from the stands for manager Roy Hodgson to go out and buy a proven goal scorer.
Shane Long was brought in the summer from Reading for £6.5m but has never been known as a natural scorer of goals – his game is more suited to running channels and providing other with chances. Peter Odemwinge has also not found his best form this season and has rumoured to have fallen out with Hodgson over a knee injury that he feels was more serious than the manager thought.
The Baggies need to start scoring goals sooner rather than later. They don’t want to fall into the same trap as low scoring Birmingham did last season – the Blues were solid at the back but abysmal in front of goal and ended up being relegated on the last day of the season.
And it’s former Birmingham striker Campbell that has caught the interest of Hodgson.
Things haven’t worked out as well as planned for the striker since moving from Blackpool to QPR in the summer. He had been struck down with quite a serious viral infection, which kept him out of the side for three months and the form of Heidar Helguson has meant he has struggled to find a way back into the side.
The man that brought him to the club Neil Warnock was sacked last week and it is thought that Mark Hughes wants to bring in Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora to replace the current striking options.
Thus leaving Campbell available for a transfer and Hodgson could make a play for the £1m rated star.