Report: West Bromwich Albion make £4.5m bid for Aston Villa man

Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston Villa

The Baggies have reportedly made a move for Villa's Ciaran Clark.

Ciaran Clark celebrates scoring the first goal for Aston VillaVilla's Clark

West Bromwich Albion have made a £4.5 million bid for Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, according to the Sun (Tuesday edition, page 49).

However, the report claims Villa are likely to reject their rivals' initial offer.

The same source claimed two months ago that Clark, who's risen through the ranks at Villa Park, has a £5 million release clause.

Villa were relegated to the Championship last season and are slowly building a side capable of making an immediate return under new boss Roberto di Matteo.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conferenceNew Villa boss Di Matteo

The Italian, who's already added Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick to his Villans back line, has an abundance of centre-backs currently at his disposal.

Bournemouth's Tommy ElphickElphick could play alongside Clark this season

However, Clark is one of those he is is thought to want to keep, with the Sun last week claiming that Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott are both at risk of being sold, along with goalkeeper Brad Guzan winger Leandro Bacuna and striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.

The 26-year-old, who recently featured for the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016, has played 159 times for Villa since making his debut in 2009.

Republic of Ireland's Clark scores own goalRepublic of Ireland's Clark scores own goal against Sweden

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