West Bromwich Albion are in talks to sign former Premier League winner Branislav Ivanovic after the veteran defender left Zenit St Petersburg, according to Russian publication Championat.
He may be 36 but there’s plenty of life left in this old dog.
Ivanovic’s bite remains as strong as his bark and last season he captained Zenit to the Russian title before his contract at the Gazprom Arena expired.
And it seems a man who lifted the Premier League crown three times during a trophy-laden spell at Chelsea could be set for one last spell in England before he hangs up his boots.
Newly promoted West Brom have entered negotiations, Championat reports.
The Baggies conceded almost a goal a game on average despite securing promotion from the Championship last season. Clearly defensive improvements are required if this so-called ‘yo-yo club’ are to establish themselves among the elite.
Ivanovic is no longer the rampaging right-back and Fantasy Football favourite he was at Chelsea, adapting to a new central defensive role after losing a yard or two of pace.
With that in mind, the 105-cap Serbia international could potentially partner new signing Cedric Kipre at the heart of Bilic’s back line or provide valuable cover and Premier League experience in the background.
On a free transfer, this is a low-cost, low-risk signing that could reap massive rewards.