Steve Bruce is on the hunt for a centre-back this summer with Kean Bryan, Cedric Kipre and Kyle Bartley having uncertain futures at West Bromwich Albion, but the latest name on the Baggies’ radar is surprising.

Newcastle World say West Brom are interested in Ciaran Clark and Bruce might have the edge in negotiations having managed the 32-year-old at Newcastle United before. The report says Clark will be sold this summer after falling down the pecking order, but it’s hard to see the Baggies signing him.

West Brom are shopping in the bargain bucket for players and Clark still has one year left on his deal, so he likely won’t be available on a free transfer. The Republic of Ireland international takes home £35k-per-week/£1.8m-a-year in wages too, so he’d be West Brom’s second-highest earner if signed.

He’s spent the last five months on the sidelines after being left out of Newcastle’s Premier League squad, so West Brom can do better than Clark. The Irish defender turns 33 in September, would be on more money than the Baggies should pay and doesn’t greatly improve the squad, so this story should be taken with a pinch of salt.

In other news, Carlton Palmer warns West Brom over pursuit of Jed Wallace