#1 Adem Ljajić

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Adem Ljajić is a cultured attacking midfielder who has played for Beşiktaş for the last two seasons after joining them initially on loan from Torino in the summer of 2018, before signing permanently in a £5.8 million deal a year later.

Once upon a time, Ljajić was on the cusp of joining Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United but work permit issues prevented him from completing his £10 million move aged only 17.

Since being touted as one of football’s hottest and most talented prospects, Ljajić spent several seasons dazzling Serie A crowds and found himself playing regularly for major European sides like for Fiorentina, Roma and Inter.

Ljajić has frustrated some with off-the-field controversies and his inconsistency on the pitch. He has previously been criticised for drifting through games without making the impact coaches and fans know he is capable of.

His undoubted talent has finally been showcased in Turkey though, as he’s amassed a combined 37 goals and assists in all competitions across 61 appearances — a clear illustration of the Serbian international’s unquestionable ability to influence play in the final third.

Ljajić’s ability to break down low blocks with defence-splitting passes and his willingness to test keepers with long shots would provide Bilić with a different attacking dimension that was arguably lacking in some West Brom performances last season.

A quick glance at his highlight reel reveals a style of play which is reminiscent of Gylfi Sigurðsson: a formidable set-piece taker, a clean striker of the football and a languid dribbler.

It is therefore not a surprise that, according to Birmingham Live, Bilić has reportedly said that he intends to buy Ljajić this summer for a reported 6.5 million euros.

Beşiktaş’ financial turmoil has opened the exit doors for Ljajić who is their second highest paid player and therefore selling him would be a priority in order to keep the Turkish giants afloat.

It remains to be seen if a deal could be struck between the Baggies and Beşiktaş. Signing an attacking midfielder is not a priority for West Brom and their budget restrictions might not stretch to accommodate such a transfer.

That being said, Ljajić is capable of playing in wider areas and has frequently occupied the left wing throughout his career, although he will look to ghost in to central areas to affect the play. Bilić has already stated that he wants to sign another winger.

Ljajić is an excellent footballer and if he were to sign on the dotted line for Albion he could be an incredibly impactful signing and a real fan favourite at The Hawthorns.