Report: West Brom want to sign ex-Barcelona youngster Ivan Balliu

General View of The Hawthorns before the match between West Bromwich Albion and Wigan Athletic at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Ivan Balliu honed his trade at La Liga giants Barcelona but could he now replace Allan Nyom at West Bromwich Albion?

Ivan Balliu of Metz during the Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Metz on May 10, 2019 in Nancy, France.

West Bromwich Albion want to replace the departing Allan Nyom with free agent and former Barcelona defender Ivan Balliu, according to AS.

The Hawthorns has been a hub of activity this week. According to the Sun (18 July, page 55), Kenneth Zohore and Semi Ajayi could be set to arrive from Cardiff City and Rotherham United for a combined £10.5 million and now an Albanian international defender has been linked with a move to the Midlands.

 

Balliu is without a club after refusing to extend his contract at Ligue 1 outfit Metz and a right-back who spent seven years in Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy between 2004 and 2011 could be heading to England for the first time in his career.

AS claims that West Brom want Balliu to replace the Nyom, a £3 million Tony Pulis signing from the summer of 2016 (Express and Star), who is in talks to sign for high-flying Getafe.

Allan Nyom of West Bromwich Albion and Lewis Cook of Bournemouth compete for the ball during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion at Vitality Stadium...

Real Valladolid, Espanyol and Leganes are also interested in Balliu but he’d be ideal for a West Brom side who have already lost Craig Dawson, Tosin Adarabioyo and Mason Holgate during a difficult summer.

The 27-year-old can also play at left-back.

And with West Brom paying bid to bring in Zohore and Ajayi, Balliu’s free agent status means the Baggies can use their remaining funds to focus to bring in a new centre-back or perhaps another striker.

Ivan Balliu FC Barcelona Fussball Vorbereitung FC Barcelona Saison 2011

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