Report: Hellas Verona and West Brom in talks over defender Sebastien Pocognoli

Hellas Verona have been linked with West Bromwich Albion’s Sebastien Pocognoli.

According to a report on Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, Hellas Verona are in talks with West Bromwich Albion over the possibility of signing defender Sebastien Pocognoli.

The Belgium international joined the Baggies in the summer of 2014, and went on to play 15 times in the Premier League last season as Tony Pulis’s side comfortably stayed up.

Pocognoli’s fortunes have changed somewhat this season though as he struggles to make an impact. He has yet to feature in the league, with his only appearance coming in the League Cup.

A January exit seems likely for the former Hannover man, and reports in Italy suggest that talks are already underway over a possible switch to Hellas Verona.

“Hellas Verona is negotiating the purchase of Sebastien Pocognoli from West Bromwich Albion. Talks are ongoing and a deal could soon be concluded,” Tuttomercatoweb reports.

West Brom strengthened their squad in the summer and seemingly found no space for Pocognoli as he hasn’t even been included in the team’s 25-man squad for the league campaign.

Chris Brunt, Craig Dawson and James Chester seem to provide adequate enough cover at left-back for the West Midlands side despite the trio arguably performing better elsewhere.

Pocognoli has ability but his situation must improve if he harbours any hopes of being included in Belgium’s squad for the upcoming European Championships this summer.

Verona currently occupy last place in Serie A and are eight points adrift of safety.

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