A contract dispute with his club Heracles has left West Bromwich Albion's potential signing of Australia full-back Jason Davidson in doubt.
It’s no secret West Bromwich Albion have been on the lookout for a new left-back this summer and the latest option they are reportedly looking at is Australian international Jason Davidson.
The 23-year-old played in all three of his side’s World Cup games this summer and was thought to be a free agent, after spending the past two-and-a-half seasons at Dutch club Heracles, where he made 46 appearances.
However, the Eredivise side insist that they have triggered a one-year option in Davidson’s contract, meaning West Brom, with whom the promising defender has already held talks, could in fact be forced to shell out a fee for his services.
‘In January, Jason and his agent indicated they would like to continue here for two more years,’ Heracles director of football Nico-Jan Hoogma told Dutch media earlier this week.
‘He wanted to wait until the World Cup with Australia to decide but because we wanted to keep him we haven't terminated his contract.
‘The fact he hasn't left yet means he is under the same conditions. Those are the rules of the collective agreement for professional footballers and we've discussed this with Jason and his agent.’
Having first arrived in Europe to sign with Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, the Melbourne-native has appeared in 10 games for Australia since his 2012 debut and is also capable of filling in at centre-back if needed.
Following the departures of defenders Liam Ridgewell, Steven Reid and Goran Popov, the likes of Kieran Richardson, Martin Olsson and Aaron Cresswell have all been linked with a move to West Brom in recent weeks to fill the problem left-back spot, the latter since signing with West Ham.
With new manager Alan Irvine trying to bolster a squad which only just staved off relegation last season, Davidson would have proved a promising low-cost addition but, with the latest news, it remains to be seen whether he is still a viable option.