According to the Birmingham Mail, West Brom will try and land Joel Ward from Crystal Palace after it was reported that the defender rejected a four-year-deal at Selhurst Park.

Baggies manager Tony Pulis worked with Ward during his spell at Crystal Palace, where the manager took charge of 28 games in the 2013/14 season when he took over in November. He played Ward in every game which he was in charge of.

The manager wants to bring Ward to West Brom to bolster their defence for the upcoming season.

Despite featuring in every game last season for Palace, Ward fears he could fall victim to the club’s change to a 3-4-3 system under new boss Frank de Boer.

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New West Brom assistant manager Gary Megson confirmed this week that the club could bring up to five players in before their league opener at home to Bournemouth on Saturday and definitely before the transfer window ends.

Ward could be added to the list of new signings at the Hawthorns this summer, after the club brought in Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez in July.

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