Report: West Brom identify Hull City's Sam Clucas as Gareth Barry alternative

WBA manager Tony Pulis reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Everton are keen to keep hold of Gareth Barry, meaning West Brom could now test Hull City's resolve over Sam Clucas.

At the ripe old age of 36, Gareth Barry remains instrumental for Everton. So much so that the Daily Mail claims The Toffees will offer him a one-year contract extension with his current deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The former England international’s undisputed place in the starting XI may come under more threat than ever with Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gana Gueye more energetic options at the base of Everton’s midfield but manager Ronald Koeman is a fervent admirer of his passing ability and leadership skills.

Gareth Barry of Everton (R) is put under pressure from Ander Herrera of Manchester United (L) during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on April...

Therefore, Tony Pulis’ desire to add Barry to a West Brom squad teeming with Premier League know-how looks certain to end in disappointment.

The Express and Star claim that The Baggies were willing to offer the former Manchester City metronome a two-year contract in a remarkable show of faith. But the Mirror reports that they have identified an alternative with Everton seemingly unwilling to let Barry fight for more regular first-team opportunities elsewhere.

The report claims that Pulis has turned his attention towards Hull City’s Sam Clucas, a player who thrived in the Premier League last season despite The Tigers eventually succumbing to an immediate return to the Championship.

The 26-year-old won Hull’s Player of the Year award, earning plenty of admiration for his tenacious performances in midfield while also filling in at left-back, a position where West Brom are extremely light, when required.

Sam Clucas of Hull City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Hull City at The King Power Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Leicester,...

Hull are likely to play hardball over the future of one of their key men as they seek to challenge for the top six again this season, knocking back an offer of £5 million from Burnley according to the Hull Daily Mail.

“Sam Clucas is the leader of our team, he’s a key player,” manager Leonid Slutsky said. “He’s vice captain and he has unbelievable potential to develop.”

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