'Imagine'; Some West Brom fans react to Varane revelation from former manager's son

A general view during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns on November 18, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

According to the son of former West Brom manager Steve Clarke, the Baggies were close to signing France's World Cup hero Raphael Varane

Real Madrid's French defender Raphael Varane celebrates with teammates on an open-air bus at Cibeles square in Madrid on May 27, 2018 after Real Madrid won their third Champions League...

Raphael Varane has always been a defender with genuine world class potential but there have been too few performances like that on Tuesday night.

The Real Madrid centre-back is 25 years of age now but you’d be forgiven for thinking he was a few years younger than that. Varane hasn’t really developed as some had hoped in his six years at the Bernabau with naive mistakes and an over-reliance on speed still a big part of his game.

But, now and again, Varane produces a display like that against Belgium in the World Cup semi final to remind even his most vocal critics what all the fuss was about. The French centre-back was the best player on the pitch, repelling everything a star studded Belgian attack threw at them to protect a one goal lead given to Les Blues by Varane’s defensive partner Samuel Umtiti.

So just imagine if West Bromwich Albion had managed to pull off a deal to bring the former Lens wonderkid to The Hawthorns.

According to the son of former Baggies boss Steve Clarke, the four-time Champions League winner was oh-so close to sealing a short-term move to the Hawthorns. And the fans are understandably wondering what might have been.

France's defender Raphael Varane (L) and Belgium's forward Eden Hazard vie for the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint...

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