West Bromwich Albion are looking at the cheaper option of converting Somen Tchoyi into a hitman rather than pay £10million for PSV Eindhoven frontman Ola Toivonen. The Baggies are keen to ease the burden on Peter Odemwingie, who scored 15 Premier League goals last season, in the 2011-12 campaign.
The Nigerian striker has already played in that position for his country were the 28 year old has used his physical presence to good effect.
Albion number two Michael Appleton said of Tchoyi: "He has played there (up front) a couple of times for Cameroon. When they have played three up front he has started in wide areas but come into central areas.
"He has looked a threat when we have seen him do that on international duty, so it has been on our minds a little bit and we might have found a tool we can use for next season.
"Newcastle was incredible and it was great for him. In the first half he threatened a little bit in wide areas but, as soon as we put him into central areas, he caused havoc and could have had another couple of goals," he added in the Express & Star.