Have West Brom's chances of signing Crystal Palace's Joel Ward been dashed?

Darren Moore, the West Bromwich Albion manager looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers at The Hawthorns on August 18, 2018 in...

Crystal Palace's Premier League defender Joel Ward is reportedly a target for right-back seeking Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England.

Crystal Palace have just one more Premier League game before the end of August. And, unfortunately for West Bromwich Albion, they could need Joel Ward for the visit to Watford.

The Sun (12 August, page 59) claimed that The Baggies were hopeful of bringing Ward to The Hawthorns on loan after missing out on so many of their right-back targets, including James Tavernier and Tom James, over the last few weeks.

Ward had lost his place in the Crystal Palace starting XI to the Croydon-born 20-year-old Aaron Wan-Bissaka, leading The Sun to state that Roy Hodgson’s side could be willing to let the former Portsmouth man leave with the obligation of West Brom making his loan deal permanent next summer.

But Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Liverpool’s Mo Salah on Monday night, meaning he will receive a one game ban and will miss that trip to Vicarage Road.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Crystal Palace walks down to tunnel after receiving a red card during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park on August 20,...

This will surely see Ward, who came on to replace Wan-Bissaka at right back against Jurgen Klopp’s side, return to the first XI.

Therefore, West Brom’s hopes of landing Ward before the end of this week suddenly look very slim. They have until the end of August to seal the deal but, should the 28-year-old impress against Watford, The Baggies could be in danger of missing out on yet another right-back target.

Joel Ward of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on May 6, 2017 in Manchester, England.

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