Report names West Brom ace closing in on new deal at the Hawthorns

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West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley is close to agreeing a new deal at the Hawthorns, according to reports.

West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring their first goalWest Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley

A report in the Birmingham Mail has suggested that West Brom are closing in on agreeing a new deal with defender Gareth McAuley with just the formalities left to be completed.

The 37-year-old's current contract at the Hawthorns expires at the end of the current campaign, but he has perhaps enjoyed one of his best seasons for the Baggies, helping put them well on their way to securing a top half finish in the Premier League.

Therefore, it is no surprise that the club's hierarchy want to hand him a fresh deal, with the Mail reporting that it should be completed very soon.

The veteran has rolled back the years this term, not only proving solid defensively, but also showing that he is a major threat going forward. 

Incredibly, his haul of six goals for the side this season leaves him only behind Salomon Rondon in the West Brom scoring charts in the top flight, with the Venezuelan currently stuck on seven. 

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

And while some West Brom supporters may perhaps be urging Tony Pulis to be busy in the summer transfer window - especially given how quiet they were in the market heading into this season - the Baggies boss can perhaps be confident that he does not need to do too much work on his defence.

McAuley may be in the twilight of his career age-wise, but based on how he has played this season, there is no reason to suggest that he could not be a key player again next term, if not for longer. 

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