West Brom have spoken to the agent of Brentford defender James Tarkowski about the possibility of him making a move to the Hawthorns, according to Paul Suart of the Birmingham Mail.

The 23-year-old was expected to make a move to fellow Championship side Burnley, but Brentford rejected their bid of £2.5million earlier in the month and a follow-up bid has yet to be made.

Interest in the defender is high, with Lyall Thomas of West London Sport reporting that Derby County, Norwich City & Sheffield Wednesday are all interested in making a move to sign him.

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Tarkowski was raised in Manchester, and is apparently keen on a move close to home, which would make Burnley the obvious choice for him, although the drive from West Bromwich to Manchester takes around 1 hour 45 minutes, compared to the 3-and-a-half hours it would take to get from Brentford to his hometown.

Albion already have an abundance of centre backs, but with Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson coming to the end of their careers at the club, it makes sense to be looking at recruiting a younger replacement.

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