Report: West Brom want Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly; he'd suit Tony Pulis

West Brom manager Tony Pulis

Crystal Palace have failed to get the best out of the 26-year-old but he could fit in perfectly at West Bromwich Albion.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is interested in adding Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly to his squad in the final hours of the January transfer window, the Tamworth Herald reports.

The Baggies have been linked with a number of marquee signings throughout the month with the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Young reportedly on their radar as the window prepares to slam shut at midnight.

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And the Tamworth Herald reports that Pulis has identified Crystal Palace defender Kelly as another potential target as he aims to maintain West Brom’s excellent early season form in the second half of the campaign.

Everton's Yannick Bolasie in action with Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly

The 26-year-old former Liverpool defender has struggled to nail down a starting place at Selhurst Park, often being forced to play in an unfamiliar left-back role.

Kelly, after all, is not a naturally modern full-back renowned for his lung-busting darts down the wing or pinpoint deliveries into the box. Instead, he made his name at Liverpool as a tough-tackling, versatile all-round defender.

Crystal Palace's Martin Kelly in action with Manchester United's Anthony Martial

Therefore, these skills would certainly be more valued at The Hawthorns, where Pulis prefers his full-backs to contribute to an organised, narrow back four rather than offer a relentless threat down the flanks.

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Consequently, Kelly may find that his skill-set is more suited to a manager of Pulis’ pragmatic principles.

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