West Brom have “no chance” of signing Mbaye Diagne permanently this summer, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Albion and Arsenal striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 29-year-old is “a real handful” who has proven he is capable of playing in the Premier League.

Diagne has impressed since moving to The Hawthorns on loan in January, with three goals and two assists in his 14 appearances.

Football Insider understands Brighton and Crystal Palace have set their sights on signing the Senegal international ahead of the summer transfer window.

West Brom’s hopes of acquiring the striker’s services on a permanent basis appear unlikely with relegation looming.

When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if there was any hope of Sam Allardyce’s side keeping hold of Diagne, Campbell said: “No chance.

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“I do not think they have any hope of signing him permanently if they drop down.

“The move was the perfect opportunity for Diagne because it was a chance to put himself in the shop window and he’s done just that.

“He is a real handful. I like him. You could see him at Crystal Palace, 100 per cent.

“I think he has proven that he can play in the Premier League effectively. I cannot see West Brom keeping hold of him if I’m brutally honest.”

Diagne has just over two years remaining on his contract at his parent club Galatasaray.

The Turkish club signed him for £11.7million in January 2019.

In other news, a finance expert claims West Brom have been treated with ‘arrogance and contempt’ by Barcelona over an unpaid six-figure fee.