Report: West Brom interested in Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, contract extension talks ongoing

West Brom want to sign the Aston Villa defender this summer.

According to the Mirror, West Brom are keen on signing Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa this summer, with the 25-year-old currently undergoing delayed contract talks with his current club.

The 25-year-old is a key figure in Villa’s defence, and is likely to become even more important this coming campaign due to Ron Vlaar’s exit from the club.

However, with just 12 months left on his contract, discussions between club and player have yet to be concluded, and West Brom are showing an interest in moving for him.

Clark would become the first defensive addition Tony Pulis has made this summer if he agrees a deal to bring him to the Hawthorns, as he looks to provide added competition for his back-line.

Naturally a centre-back, Clark can also play at left-back, and he could be utilised in that position if he moves to the Baggies. Pulis has struggled to find a left-back this summer, after being unwilling to utilise former players in that position, and the coach could see Clark as being the perfect fix for the problem position.

He also holds valuable homegrown status, and being 25, is still young enough to keep developing into a top class defender.

It is stated that Villa will keep offering him a new deal, with Tim Sherwood a big fan of Clark. The head coach used him in every game last season following his appointment, except for when he was out of action through injury, and has plans to continue his inclusion this coming campaign.

It is not stated whether West Brom have yet to submit a formal offer for Clark, but if their interest is real, and the defender keeps delaying his contract, it could be expected that they will approach him in the coming weeks

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