Sebastien Pocognoli expects to leave West Bromwich Albion despite contract option

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

Pocognooli has spent the majority of the campaign on loan from West Bromwich Albion to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brighton's Sebastien Pocognoli celebrates after the matchOn loan Brighton defender Sebastien Pocognoli (centre)

Sebastien Pocognoli has told Belgian publication DH he expects to leave West Bromwich Albion this summer - despite the Baggies having an option to extend his deal by a further 12 months.

Pocognoli has appeared just once in the Premier League since Boxing Day 2014 and was loaned to Championship champions-elect Brighton & Hove Albion at the start of the campaign.

The Belgian has fared far better on the south coast, playing 19 times for Chris Hughton's side, who are a win away from clinching the title.

However, with interest mounting elsewhere, Pocognoli has hinted that his future may not lie with Brighton either.

"The club (Brighton) hasn’t decided yet regarding transfers and end of contracts," he said.

"We’re all waiting, everything will accelerate in the next few days. We’ll have to see what the club wants and if they want to continue with me. We’ll see. Whatever happens, I have a good feeling.

"I’m part of a team that has made history here, and I can go on holiday stress free.

"We’ll see with Brighton, but there are other clubs that have expressed interest. West Brom have an option they can activate to keep me an extra year until May. We’ll see, but I doubt they’ll take it.

"We’ll see the choice I can make for next year."

Pocognoli's departure, coupled with Brendan Galloway's early return to parent club Everton, is likely to see West Brom enter the market for a new left-back this summer.

Middlesbrough's Christian Stuani in action with West Bromwich Albion's Brendan Galloway and Claudio YacobWest Bromwich Albion's Brendan Galloway (left) has returned to Everton already

Leeds United's Charlie Taylor is said to be a long-term target for Tony Pulis' side, who were also linked with a move for Schalke 04's Dennis Aogo this month (Daily Mail).

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