Nigel Pearson is reportedly West Bromwich Albion’s top candidate as they search for Tony Pulis’ successor.

According to a recent report from ESPN, Nigel Pearson is the man who currently tops West Brom’s list of potential targets as they look for their new manager after sacking Tony Pulis on Monday.

Given the Baggies’ current position in the Premier League, the January window is likely to be a crucial window for the club as they look to steer themselves away from the bottom three, so who should West Brom target if they do end up appointing Pearson?

Here are three names West Brom should consider…

James Wilson

West Brom have certainly struggled for goals this season, and could do with bolstering their striker options. James Wilson was signed by Pearson during his brief spell as Derby boss, and perhaps the Manchester United man would be a decent loan target to consider for January with five goals in his last four appearances for the Red Devils’ under-23s.

Matty James

Matty James was a regular fixture in the Leicester first-team while Pearson was in charge at the King Power Stadium, and the Daily Mail reported in the summer that the Baggies were keen on the midfielder. If Pearson is appointed, perhaps it may not be out of the question to see that interest revived given that the current West Brom midfield is simply not working.

Leonardo Ulloa

In comments reported by Marca earlier this year, Leonardo Ulloa confirmed that he had been denied a move to West Brom in the summer of 2016. Like James, he was signed by Pearson during his time as Leicester boss, and finished his first season with the Foxes as the top goalscorer to help keep them in the top flight. It has been a fairly unhappy time for the forward since, so perhaps a move away would suit all parties if Pearson got the Baggies job.

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