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.
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.