West Brom reportedly closing in on Wayne Hennessey transfer

West Bromwich Albion are said to be close to a deal for Crystal Palace's back-up goalkeeper.

According to a report from ESPN, West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the transfer of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

The report says unnamed sources have claimed the Baggies are keen on the 28-year-old and that a deal could be done this summer.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis knows Hennessey well from their time together at Selhurst Park and with Ben Foster side-lined with a serious injury it is being claimed the Welsh international could be the answer.

Hennessey has a contract with Palace until the summer of 2017 but he is very much-back-up ‘keeper to the Eagles’ first-choice Julian Speroni. That means a move away where he can play regular first-team football, at least to start with, is likely to appeal.

Pulis impressed after arriving at The Hawthorns and he may well want to get the majority of his transfer business completed early ahead of his first full season in charge.

With the right additions there is no reason West Brom cannot push on for a much higher Premier League finish next year but for that to happen they will need to strengthen in key areas.

Hennessey has only made eight senior appearances at Palace but previously turned out 166 times for Wolverhampton Wanders.

With current West Brom ‘keeper Boaz Myhill out of contract this summer the report claims signing a quality stopper is high on Pulis’s agenda and at 28, Hennessey still has much to offer if given that chance.

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