Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward could be on his way to the Championship with both West Bromwich Albion and Boro reportedly interested.
Joel Ward is a man in demand right now despite losing his Crystal Palace place to the hitherto unknown 20-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka towards the end of last season.
And it is no secret that West Bromwich Albion want a right-back having missed out on Tom James and James Tavernier amongst others in recent weeks. Their need for reinforcements has since been heightened by Allan Nyom’s loan move to La Liga outfit Leganes.
The Sun (12 August, page 59) reported that West Brom wanted to bring in Ward – but Palace might only be willing to let the 28-year-old leave on loan if The Baggies agreed to pay a substantial fee to sign him permanently next summer.
Though West Brom are now facing competition from one of their fellow Championship promotion contenders.
The Sun (19 August, page 60) claims that Middlesbrough too are interested in signing Ward on a temporary basis before the end of this month.
Ryan Shotton is Boro’s regular right-back, having started all four of their Championship games so far this season, but Ward would perhaps offer a more natural option on the flank. So West Brom are facing up to losing another of their right-back targets and, to make matters worse, their loss would be Tony Pulis’ gain.
The versatile Ward, who can also play in midfield, won promotion to the Premier League in 2013 after Crystal Palace beat Watford in the play-off final.