West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in signing Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark in January.
West Brom’s quest to improve their defence ahead of the second-half of the season has seen the Baggies add Newcastle defender Ciaran Clark to their January wishlist, according to the Daily Mail.
Darren Moore’s side have only managed to keep one clean sheet in the league this season. And while they tend to outscore opponents anyway, it is no surprise that he wants to improve his options at the back.
However, the move for Clark may look a little ambitious to some. While the £5 million signing probably does not feature in Rafa Benitez’s strongest side, he has played nine times in the Premier League this season largely due to injuries to some of his teammates.
That amount of game-time would hint that Newcastle would rather not sell the 29-year-old next month, especially if Benitez has few guarantees over the funds that he can spend.
But perhaps Newcastle’s latest under-23 game could have provided West Brom with a boost as the Magpies’ clash with Norwich City on Monday night saw Florian Lejeune make his comeback.
Lejeune is back ahead of schedule after sustaining a knee injury in the summer that has prevented him from playing a single minute this season.
With Lejeune surely looking to soon be back in the fold, Clark is in danger of falling further down the pecking order.
Should Clark lose out due to Lejeune’s return, then Benitez will surely be much more willing to consider offers for the centre-back, especially if he is going to have to generate his own funds to get his own targets in.
So with Lejeune potentially back in the fold, perhaps West Brom could expect to have some luck if they decide to put a decent offer in for Clark when the window opens.