West Bromwich Albion have made one summer signing under Valerien Ismael, bringing in Alex Mowatt from Barnsley, but Football Insider says they’re closing in on their second acquisition – Matt Clarke from Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 24-year-old hasn’t made an appearance for the Seagulls since his arrival from Portsmouth in 2019, so West Brom are capitalising on the situation with the promise of first-team football at a lower level.

The transfer news isn’t gripping a lot of supporters on social media though, which may be because Clarke has made the majority of his appearances in League One (90) and League Two (62).

Despite the humble beginnings, Clarke does have a lot of Championship (81) experience, so he’ll provide stiff competition for a starting place alongside Semi Ajayi, Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley.

West Brom haven’t signed the centre-back yet, but Football Insider say they’re in advanced talks and are close to beating out Sheffield United to his signature. Brighton paid nearly £4m for Clarke two years ago and are hoping to make a £1m profit, so a deal worth £5m could soon be confirmed.

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