West Bromwich Albion close to deal for Sebastien Pocognoli - report

West Bromwich Albion are reported to be close to signing Belgian international Sebastien Pocognoli from Hannover.

It’s no secret that West Bromwich Albion have been on the lookout for a new left-back this summer and now they may well have found one, with Hannover 96’s Sebastien Pocognoli said to be in talks with the club.

Reports claim that the defender has completed a medical at The Hawthorns and a deal could be announced soon, with the fee expected to be around just £1 million.

The 26-year-old has two years left on his current deal with the German side, having signed from Standard Liege in January 2013, playing in 28 games during his time in the Bundesliga.

A Belgian international, Pocognoli has appeared 12 times for the national team since his debut in 2008 and was on stand-by for this summer’s World Cup squad, after narrowly missing out on the final 23.

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, the latter since signing with West Ham United.

The club were thought to be close to a deal with Australian international Jason Davidson, but a contract issue with his team Heracles Almelo appears to have put paid to a potential move.

With new manager Alan Irvine trying to bolster a squad which only just staved off relegation last season, Pocognoli would prove a solid and experienced addition to the backline, although he still has room to grow as a footballer.

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