According to The Sun, West Bromwich Albion are preparing to activate Aston Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark’s £5 million release clause as they look to take advantage of their neighbours’ relegation.
Clark would be a decent option for West Brom, what with the Republic of Ireland international boasting plenty of top-flight experience and proving himself capable enough to remain there.
But Clark wasn’t Villa outstanding player in what was a dreadful season for the West Midlands side - that tag arguably goes to forward Jordan Ayew and before him talented left-back Jordan Amavi.
Amavi arrived at Villa last summer from Nice and was one of only a few signings last summer to show any sort of promise for the Villains as after an opening day win they immediately struggled to perform.
The 22-year-old left-back showed ability in both defending and attacking, yet his season was cruelly ended in November as he picked up a lengthy knee injury while on international duty with France.
Before his injury Amavi started nine Premier League matches, averaging 3.2 effective clearances, 3.6 tackles, 3.7 interceptions and 2.5 successful take-ons per league encounter.
West Brom have defensive options in the centre, but beyond Chris Brunt - who is predominantly a left midfielder - they have few options at left-back and that’s an area to strengthen this summer.
Villa may look to recoup the fee they spent on him last summer, yet West Brom have money to spend due to increased TV deals and they really need to invest in younger players for the long-term.