According to The Guardian, Wales international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is nearing a switch from Crystal Palace to West Bromwich Albion. Baggies chief Tony Pulis, who signed the 28-year-old for Palace while in charge at Selhurst Park last season, is reportedly considering a deal that could cost the Midlands club around £3.5million.
Hennessey, who is understood to be desperate to play first-team football in order to boost his chances of being selected for Wales' Euro 2016 squad next summer, has been earmarked as a temporary replacement for first-team regular Ben Foster, who is expected to be sidelined until at least October, having suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in March.
The Crystal Palace shot-shopper made just three top-flight appearances last term - one of which came as a substitute - and is understandably keen to secure regular first-team football, or else lose his status as the Welsh national team's number one. Desperate to be selected for his nation's Euro 2016 squad next summer, with Chris Coleman's side well on course to secure their qualification, this is a vital season for the 28-year-old.
As the appearance statistics suggest, Hennessey has spent most of his time at Selhurst Park acting as understudy to first choice Julian Speroni. However, after making his breakthrough in the final few games of last season, he looked as though he could challenge his teammate for a regular starting role.
Hennessey would certainly represent an upgrade on Boaz Myhill at the Hawthorns, but whether he is better than Ben Foster remains to be seen. If his heroics during Wales' European qualification campaign are anything to go by, than he will be a very useful signing for Pulis' side - and a steal for the reported price.
The Guardian's report also suggests that Palace are eyeing Queens Park Rangers keeper Alex McCarthy as a replacement, should the Welshman leave. The 25-year-old made only four appearances for QPR last term, where he was understudy to Rob Green following a £2.5m transfer from Reading.