Does reported Joel Ward interest suggest Martin Cranie is West Brom's last resort?

Darren Moore the head coach

West Bromwich Albion reportedly want to raid Premier League side Crystal Palace to sign Joel Ward.

Darren Moore the head coach

West Bromwich Albion have spent the last few weeks looking for a right-back to provide competition for Allan Nyom.

And the Cameroonian’s much-criticised display in the dramatic 4-3 win at Norwich City on Saturday only justified Darren Moore’s attempts to bring in a reinforcement.

The Baggies failed to sign Tom James from Yeovil Town after failing to agree personal terms, and links with Luton Town’s Jack Stacey failed to materialise into a move. But there are allegedly still targets on West Brom’s radar.

 

The Sun (12 August, page 59) reports that West Brom are hoping to sign Joel Ward on loan, but they may be forced to agree a permanent move ahead of next summer in order to tempt Crystal Palace into shaking hands.

Ward might have lost his place at Palace to young Aaron Wan-Bissaka but, at 28, he is a defender with experience and a Championship promotion on his CV.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace applauds the fans as he walks off the pitch after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in...

And West Brom’s apparent interest suggests that Martin Cranie might be a last resort option. The 31-year-old has been training with the Baggies after his release from Middlesbrough and even featured in a few pre-season matches.

The Birmingham Mail suggested last week that West Brom would consider signing him should they fail to get their top targets, and it seems that Cranie could now be forced to wait to see how the Joe Ward situation plays out.

Martin Cranie of West Bromwich Albion during the pre-season friendly for the Regis Shield between West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City at The Hawthorns on July 28, 2018 in West Bromwich,...

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