Report: Reading director Nick Hammond to join West Bromwich Albion

Reading technical director Nick Hammond has been linked with West Bromwich Albion.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Nick Hammond is on the verge of joining West Bromwich Albion.

The report claims that the Reading technical director has been tracked by the Baggies for some time and will take up the post vacated by Terry Burton who left ten months ago.

Hammond has been at Reading for some 20 years, with the former goalkeeper starting his career at Arsenal before turning out for Swindon Town, Plymouth Argyle and later Reading.

The 48-year-old has had a number of different roles at the Madejski Stadium, first becoming a Youth Academy Director before fulfilling the role of Director of Football for the past 13 years.

During his time with the Royals, Hammond has overseen player recruitment and was recognised with helping piece together the squad which achieved a record 106 points Championship points in the 2005/06 season.

Reading also enjoyed three seasons in the top-flight under Steve Coppell and later Brian McDermott, and now they look set to push again next season as they seek another Championship promotion.

But they will have to do it without Hammond, as the Birmingham Mail report how he has told staff he was leaving the club to join Tony Pulis and Jeremy Peace at West Brom.

The Baggies have struggled with scouting and player recruitment since Dan Ashworth left to join the FA in 2012, and the club are hopeful Hammond will have a positive impact on the club.

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