Cedric Kipre has an uncertain future at West Bromwich Albion after finding himself on the periphery since Steve Bruce was appointed manager. The 25-year-old hasn’t made an appearance since January and Steve Madeley of The Athletic believes he’s ‘surplus to requirements’.

Kipre has been behind Matthew Clarke, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley and Dara O’Shea in the manager’s estimates, and he could fall further down the pecking order if Bruce signs Darragh Lenihan this summer. It’s clear the writing is on the wall.

Madeley wrote: ‘Cedric Kipre, who has only ever been an unused substitute in Bruce’s three months in charge, is clearly surplus to requirements and, while he has two years remaining on his contract, is almost certain to be made available for transfer — most likely on loan.’

Bruce has too many centre-backs and needs to offload the deadwood, so West Brom might be open to offers for Kipre. The Ivorian defender has made only 19 appearances since joining Albion from Wigan Athletic in 2020, so he’s never managed to establish himself.

It would suit all parties for Kipre to be moved on, as he needs regular playing time and West Brom would make some money back through his sale. Where he’ll end up this summer remains to be seen, however, as his stock can’t be too high.

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